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Directory of technologies, concepts, and resources relating to generating usable energy from animal activity.


New Methods

  • Electric eel powers Christmas tree - Maybe someone living near the sea and a cheap way to keep the eels fed, could power a house using enough of these 800-Watt eels. But wiring it up might be tricky. (YouTube by FreeGlobalEnergy; June 1, 2009)

Animals Are Back

  • Horses help local farmers cut costs - "It's something about getting behind that team of horses that slows life down to the way it ought to be," said Jeff Johns, 48, who owns Lonesome Valley Farms in Unity and Mt. Pleasant townships. (Tribune-Review; May 4, 2008)


  • Featured: Fuel Efficiency > Animal-Powered >
    1 HP Vietnamese Hybrid Runs on Hay - A couple of rural Vietnamese inventors have turned the world of physics on its head by achieving a COP (Cow-efficient of Performance) far in excess of what was possible even a century ago. (Free Energy News; April 1, 2009)
  • Ant Power Transmission - The problem of long distance power transmission over large land masses can be easily solved by replacing the current wire-based continuous transmission model with an ant-based electrostatic packet system. (HalfBakery; Feb. 11, 2008)
  • Goatisms
  • Pigeon Power - If we had warehouses full of tiers and tiers of rows and rows of caged pigeons, each pecking away at a food dispenser button, each generating a small amount of electricity (with each peck taking it closer to death) then we'd have plenty of electricity. (HalfBakery; April 13, 2002)
  • Squirrel Power - This "Squirrel feeder" would have a hamster-wheel like apparatus connected to it. (HalfBakery; Oct. 24, 2004)
  • Wheels of fortune - Hamster Power calculations. (New Scientist; Jan.17, 2007)


  • Fleethorse - Win the patent and $100K to develop the Naturmobil.


  • Wheel and Water - Rugged in construction and ingenious in design, the “HAPPY? is a high-tech model of an ancient, yet proven concept, the donkey cart.

Research & Development


  • Electric Eel Christmas Tree Lights - The electric eel discharges up to 800 watts of power and every time the creature moves it lights up the Christmas tree. (Reuters; Dec 13, 2007)

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(5.24 Minutes) Elephant Power
In Myanmar, elephants are used to log the teak forests that were once their home. While investigating the consequences of harnessing elephant power for labor, Wild Chronicles discovers that these elephants — and some thoughtful forest management — are helping to save Myanmar's remaining wild lands. (YouTube Oct. 4, 2007)
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(1.12 Minutes) Mule Driven PTO Forecart in Vermont
Bob and his 4 mules provide the pulling power for this waste-oil fired, 28 hp, PTO & hydraulic forecart demonstrated at the 2007 Northeast Animal-Powered Field Days in Tunbridge Vermont. (YouTube Oct. 2, 2007)
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(.42 Minutes) Twenty Mule Team
Twenty Mule Team pulling 100 year old wagons in Boron CA. (YouTube Oct. 6, 2007)
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(3.19 Minutes) National Ploughing Championships
Horsing around with work horses. (YouTube Oct. 4, 2007)
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(2.12 Minutes) sleigh ride in lapland
Lapland Sleigh pulled by reindeer. (YouTube Dec. 3, 2006)



  • Tillers International - If you want to farm with draft animals or learn affordable farm skills to share with the world's poor, Tillers can create opportunities for you to learn historical draft animal practices and then integrate new, low-cost technologies.

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