Thursday, March 1, 2012

Recycled bicycles in Guatemala

Pretty cool story on how Guatemalans are using recycled bicycles to make up for the lack of electricity.
Founded by engineer and bicycle enthusiast Carlos Marroquin, the organization harnesses pedal power to perform a number of tasks that would otherwise require electricity, which is often unavailable in smaller villages.
Each Bicimáquina is hand-crafted in Maya Pedal’s warehouse in San Andrés Itzapa, where volunteers operate a bike repair service and build everything from tile makers to nut shellers to lenders – all made from old bicycles.
Some of Maya Pedal’s most awe-inspiring creations include a corn thresher – a bicycle machine adapted to fit a hand-powered grinding mill – and a water pump, which can lift water at five to 10 gallons per minute from wells and boreholes up to 98 feet deep.

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous and inspiring. It's this kind of technology and these kind of skills that should be available in schools everywhere. Here in the UK we've created about 30 years of people coming out of education with no practical skills at all, and ill-equipped for a post peak-oil world of austerity.