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The Kentuckian who operates the Off Road/Off Grid channel has made quite a life for himself building unique and ad-hoc contraptions which allow him to make life completely off-the-grid not only viable but completely sustainable. By rewiring the alternator from a Chevy Cavalier and placing a stator around the electromagnetic rotor, then having a water wheel suspended on two automotive wheel bearings which power a bicycle chain and wheel, you end up with a system which generates electricity via running water. He uses the current from a nearby stream to power his small home in the backcountry. Pretty ingenious, no?