Renewable Energies: Experience, Design, Make – 2nd meeting: The Generator Hack Challenge

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Let's devise an optimal model among constraints

Sun, December 10, 2017  UTC+09:00

13:00 – 16:00

FabCafe Kyoto / MTRL KYOTO | View on Google Map

20 people

¥2,000 * The last participant has a discount of ¥500.



12:30 Open


In the previous workshop we created a small “Toy Model” electric generator. Mainly to get the feeling and understanding on how it works and what it takes to build one. This time we will try to SCALE UP the generator and attempt to get some real power out of it. This time it will be an open challenge without a kit or one specific way of accomplishing it. We will have the various tools and support of MTRL at our disposal: Laser cutter, 3D printer and materials.

Our challenge will to design and build the most efficient generator we can out of limit materials:

  • 8 magnets
  • 400 meter coil

The source of energy will be the flow of the Kamogawa river here in Kyoto. Can we do it? It all depends on our motivation and creativity!

The Plot (just to get into the atmosphere)

Let’s say you are on a ship with a group of friends and suddenly get into a fierce storm, and you shipwreck on an island inhabited by a tribe that looks a bit hostile at a first glance.
You then show them your great technology: the generator you built during the last workshop!
The chief looks impressed and gives you the following challenge:
Construct the most efficient generator that will run on the power of the island’s great river, the Kamogawa. You have the following limited resources:

  • 8 magnets
  • 400 meter coil

Plus, workshop facilities given by the local MTRL branch.

Recommended for

  • Designers who are interested in the principles / mechanisms of basic Physics
  • Those interested in Renewable Energies
  • People interested in DIY (Do it yourself)
  • People interested in the concept of combining science and design

People who participate for the first time are also welcome. For those who could not participate last time we will post the previous manual. please refer.
talsmanual171117.pdf – 3 MB


12:30 Opening
13:00 Start: Introduction and opening words
13:30 Building and experimenting session
15:30 Discussion and summary
16:00 Closing

Important Points

  • This course will be two consecutive courses and there is a fee each time (there is a discount for participants on both days).
  • Participants of the first meeting will be able to take home their products.
  • Although it will be simple craftwork, please be careful about injuries and dirt in advance, please come in appropriate cloths.
  • If you do not actually participate in group work and visit with accompanying tours or attendance, please give us a drink order (¥ 500 / cup) at the cafe except for the participants.

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Tal Peer

I am a high-school physics teacher in Israel, now staying in Kyoto for a year on sabbatical. My passion is education. I believe in a “hands on” approach to teaching, mainly project-based learning. My current interests include how to apply a “Makerspace” kind of environment to the classroom, and exploring new ways and ideas for teaching.
I have found a warm welcoming home in MTRL Kyoto for my developing initiatives.

Tal Peer

企画:Tal Peer,MTRL KYOTO



Date & Time

Sun, December 10, 2017 13:00 – 16:00 UTC+09:00


FabCafe Kyoto / MTRL KYOTO
Motoshiogamacho 554, Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8119, Japan
* No parking is available.
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¥2,000 * The last participant has a discount of ¥500.


20 people


12:30 Open

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