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Do It Yourself Resources 

Directory of do-it-yourself (DIY) technologies and resources.



Open Source Projects

See our separate Open Source Projects index page. 

DIY Directories

  • Academy >
    Appropriate Technology Library - The Appropriate Technology Library is 150,000 pages of full text and graphics from 1050 books covering all areas of village-level and do-it-yourself technology--all on 27 CD-ROM’s or 4 DVD’s. All types of do-it-yourself alternative energies like solar, wind, hydro, biogas...
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  • 'Free Energy' Plans by Creative Science and Research - Company sells plans for devices that they say can provide "free power for your home, garage, car or truck". They claim to have heaters, engines, and other devices that are over unity or that require no fuel. A few buyers say the kits do not operate as claimed. Others are satisfied.

Specific DIY Instructions

Organized according to energy type.


  • Water4Gas - Simplified device uses a little electricity out of your car's battery to separate water into Hydrogen + Oxygen gas that is 3 times more potent than gasoline. It is added to the air intake of your car engine to improve gas mileage up to 37% by improving combustion. Unique spiraled electrodes produce more gas for less electricity than flat plates.
  • Water4Gas for Diesel Cars and Trucks - Ozzie Freedom's free online book shows you how to adapt your truck/van or any other diesel engine to run with less fuel via hydroxy technology which uses onboard electrolysis to run the H-H-O gas into the air intake to effect a more complete burn of the diesel. The ebook has lots of pictures, showing step by step here how to install the device at home.
  • Running an Automobile on Hydrogen Using Water - I appreciate an open mind for strange projects, but free energy from water, an electrolyte, and a mysterious "metal alloy" are fodder for the National ... (Makezine)
  • HOW TO - Make Hydrogen - Back in 1977, I wrote the head of the U.S. Energy Commission about a study I'd conducted re ... (Makezine)
  • Hydrogen Generator - Plans, forum, blog and technical support. Learn how to buy or build a hydrogen generator for your automobile.

See also Directory:Hydrogen

Electromagnetic Overunity

  • Featured: Buyer Beware >
    "Power Companies Hate This!" = Scam - It seems we are seeing these ads nearly everywhere you go on the web nowadays. They show an image of a good-looking, off-the shelf, legitimate device that has nothing to do with what is being sold in the plans you are to download for a fee in the region of $49 to $99 USD. (PESN; December 2, 2012)
  • DIY / Electromagnetic > Plans >
    Energy from the Vacuum is stylin' - Jeane Manning writes: "When a serious hands-on experimenter wants to build non-conventional energy converters and asks where to get how-to information, I usually recommend the online Energetic Forums and also the Energy From the Vacuum series of DVDs. Tony Craddock, executive producer for Energetic Productions Inc., has filmed interviews on various topics beginning with the theories of Tom Bearden." (Changing Power; August 23, 2011)

See also Directory:Electromagnetic

Magnet Motors

  • Featured: / OS: > Magnet Motors >
    OS:Achilles Ligera's Magnetic Engine (ALME) - The Achilles Ligera Magnetic Engine (ALME) can reach upwards of 1500 rpm for 45 minutes to possibly be used with a PTP (Personal Transportation Pod) concept driven by pedals attached to the ALME's modified Flywheel-Chain Gear. (PESWIki; Sept. 29, 2008)
  • David Hamel Motor - Supposedly, the 3-cone device gives forth the principle of what Hamel alleges to be "perpetual motion...the usage of duality/magnetism and of vibration. Chaos physics induced through 3-body physics." Working prototypes are held by hand. (PESWiki)

See also Directory:Magnet Motors


  • DIY / Solar > Thermal >
    Cansolair Provides Solar Heating With Pop Cans - Hank notes that the Canadian company Cansolair has developed a technology that utilizes panels composed of recycled aluminum pop (soda) cans, that absorb solar radiation to provide heating for a home. This technology is affordable and easy to replicate. (YouTube / MartineBlue; February 20, 2008)
  • Solar > PV > Residential >
    User-Installed Panel Kit Aims to Slow Meter - Clarion Technologies aims to introduce a product next Spring that plugs into a regular outlet as its means of helping supply the home power needs. As a reasonable 'getting your feet wet' approach, the three-panel system, costing around $800, mounted as an awning or on top of a roof, will produce up to 600 Watts which are fed into the home through a microinverter. (CNet; August 16, 2010)
  • OS / DIY: Solar >
    Solar tracking circuit - Developed as an open source project, this inexpensive device accurately tracks the position of the sun and can be applied to a wide range of solar tracking devices. It uses GaP LEDs as sensors which feed a comparator chip which in turn drives transistors providing simple bi-directional motor control. The device has been used on solar PV, solar cookers, solar concentrators and more. (GreenWatts)
  • DIY > Solar > PV > Home >
    Building my own Solar Panel - A Dutch guy was able to build his own solar panel in his garage using materials that were a third as expensive as the mass produced solar panels currently available on the European market. He bought his solar cells on eBay and used them to create his own panel. (Olino Renewable Energy; March 19, 2009) (Also Slashdot)
  • Build Your Own Solar Panel - See how easily you can build your own solar panel, More Info and resources. Learn how to reduce your power bill build high efficiency solar power systems!
  • home made energy - Read our unbiased reviews on home made energy which shows you how to make solar panel at home.
  • Build Solar Oven - Learn how to build your own solar oven for cooking with the power of the sun.
  • Build Solar Stirling Engine - Learn how to build a solar Stirling engine to generate mechanical work or even electricity from the sun.
  • Concentrated Solar > Shults' 6 kW Concentrated Solar System - Technology combines solar hot water panels with one large fresnel lens to flash the hot water to steam for running a turbine to generate 6 kW of electricity, all for around $6,000, with an ROI of 3-5 years. (PESWiki; Jan. 22, 2008)
  • DIY Solar Lantern - A step-by-step walkthrough on creating a Solar Lantern using LEDs and a solar cell. (Unplugged Living; May 1, 2008)

See also Directory:Solar


See Directory:Wind:Plans - separate index page

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  • Geothermal > Ground Source >
    Citrus in the Snow -- Geo-Air energy systems - Russ Finch has been testing various geothermal heating/cooling systems in his home for 35 years. He has documented that air is 50% cheaper than liquid; is highly efficient, and has virtually no maintenance costs. His report "will allow anyone to easily build a "geo air" system, either professionally or as a DIY consumer." (CitrusintheSnow)

Electric Vehicles

  • Make a Powered Bicycle - Beta site lists a few electric bike Do It Yourself projects with videos from around the Internet with emphasis on "How-To" Hacks. The site also includes other transportation hacks. (Hack A Day; June 1, 2008)
  • Converting a Gas Mower to Run on Solar Power - Project entails replacing the gasoline engine of a used 22" gas powered mower with a 12 Volt electric motor and battery - along with gauges, circuit breaker/power switch and charging connector. (Art Tec; June 2005)

See also Directory:Electric Vehicles

Fuel Efficiency

  • Featured / OS: Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits > Fuel Pre-Heating >
    Caggiano's FIVS Fuel Vaporizor Now Open Sourced - Allen Caggiano is open sourcing his fuel vaporizer technology that holds the potential to boost gas mileage several-fold while also improving performance and reducing emissions. The system involves pre-heating the fuel to over 900 degrees F to remove the additives that prevent vast mileage gains; then subjecting the fuel to magnets and electromagnetic fields, resulting in a crystal clear fluid. (PESWiki and BeforeItsNews; June 28, 2011)


  • Featured / DIY: Water / Batteries >
    Dicken's Magnesium-Water-Copper Battery - Stephen Dickens' H2O Battery/Generator using Mg and Cu Electrodes with Foam Insulator is a lot bigger than an AA, but is cheap and easy to build. Though probably not unique, it is noteworthy given its simplicity. A kindergartener could build this and afford to buy the parts needed. (PESWiki; December 24, 2014)

See also Directory:Batteries


  • Store: DIY > Biodiesel > from Algae >
    Making Algae Biodiesel at Home - Downloadable 650-page book provides detailed instructions on how to sustainably produce clean oil from algae -- in your back yard -- enough to supply your transportation and home power needs. This is not a simple, afternoon venture, but a serious, long-term commitment.

See also Directory:Biofuels

Human Power

  • DIY / Human-Powered > Pedal Power >
    How to Build a Bicycle Generator (PDF) - Building your own generator requires a number of items. A person, a bike, a way of supporting your bike off the ground, a motor, an energy smoothing system and an inverter if you want to use your bike generator to power mains generate between 50 and 100 watts of usable energy for your generator. (WakingTimes; November 9, 2012)
  • DIY > Emergency Preparedness / Human-Powered > Pedal >
    Bicycle Generator Plans -- Free - Great resource for information on building a bicycle generator. Free plans and part list to use. Detailed information on system efficiency, wiring, and more. Options include direct DC power, or charging a battery bank and running up to 400 watts AC from an inverter. (; Oct. 29, 2010)

See also Directory:Human-Powered

Air Conditioning

  • The Hilsch Vortex tube - With nothing more than a few pieces of plumbing and a source of compressed air, you can build a remarkably simple device for attaining moderately low temperatures. It separates high-energy molecules from those of low energy. (Makezine)
  • DIY cheapest air conditioner in the world - The fan creates an air flow which is cooled by contact with the 4 bottles full of ice. In this way, the temperature of the air flow is reduced to a more tolerable level.  (Makezine)

See also Directory:Home Generation:Air Conditioning


  • Featured: DIY / Plasma / Microwave
    How to Make Plasma in Your Microwave Oven - Perhaps you've seen a video or two at YouTube showing how to generate plasma with a small flame in a microwave oven. We've created a "how to" page, with a collection of some of these demos, scientific theories and studies, and related energy pursuits. (PESWiki; Dec. 20, 2008)

See also Directory:Plasma | PowerPedia:Plasma


See also Directory:Engines

Farm Equipment

  • OS / DIY > Communities >
    Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization - Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski, founder of Open Source Ecology is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000). (TED; April, 2011)


  • DIY / EVs > Motorbikes >
    Electric Motorcycle Kit (.com) - Wilderness EV presents an affordable, easy to install, and powerful electric motorcycle kit to make your motorcycle, scooter, boat, 4-wheeler, riding lawnmower, small tractor or snowmobile run on electric power! The Wilderness EV electric motorcycle kit is clean, quiet, and very efficient.



  • DIY / Humor >
    How to stop cats pissing on your car - Australian comedian and do-it-yourselfer, Craig Turner, shows how you can rig your car's auto-lock feature onto your garden hose, triggered by your motion detector, to give the neighborhood felines second thoughts about hanging around your car. Complete with camera array. Before trying this yourself, read the opening warning. (YouTube; May 1, 2011)
  • DIY Automobile Kit Announced - IKEA is thinking about selling cars, but only to advanced IKEA customers. Some assembly required. (MakeGeek; April 1, 2008)

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  • HOW TO: Make Your Own Eco, Kid-Safe Cleaning Supplies - Why should you take the time to make homemade cleaners? Well, first of all, plenty of studies show that toxic, conventional cleaning supplies are bad for your health, your child’s health, and the planet’s health. (Inhabitat; Dec. 28, 2008)

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