Howdy All I have been looking around online tonight at Alternative power stuff and came up with a crazy idea. I was looking at what it would take to build a wind power and hydro power system myself (You know like this site http://otherpower.com/otherpowerfront.shtml) Anyway I had me a idea and started doing some research on it. tell me if you think this would work. Now days you can get some high output alternators that put out any where from 300 amps and up. What would happen if you got yourself a DC motor that was run that 300 amp alternator that only used lets say 50 amps. The way I see it you would be building up 250 extra amp a hour with that set up. I found where I can get a 1/4 horse 12V motor that draws 21 amps. It turns at 1800 rpm and that is more then enough to run a alternator. This is not some toy motor but a industrial type one. Now what do you all think about that type of idea ? The way I figure it a system like that one would be adding 279 amp at 12V into the system. You could even get a bigger motor say a 1 horse one that draws 80 amps and run 2 or 3 alternators with the right type of pulley system set up. You could also jump up to a 24V motor and run at over 3000 RPM if you needed it. Anyway am I crazy or could a system like that make more power then it uses ? The way I figure it a system like that could be set up for just a few hundred. You would need more then that for things like battery bank and voltage regulators and transformers and all but I am talking about just making the extra power for the system here.