Zennor Phoenix - Wood Chip Bike

by zennorphoenix in New Mill

We did it
On 16th December 2014 we successfully raised £7,600 with 134 supporters in 42 days

A project to develop a low-cost carbon neutral engine.

by zennorphoenix in New Mill

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Icarusaflying 3rd September 2018

Just wondering how this project is going? been a bit quiet...I appreciate not every idea works out but good to have some feedback guys

stevem 4th March 2015

Hey guys, any update on progress at all? Just for interests sake and possibly prompt some valuable input from your backers :)

walders 14th December 2014

Happy Xmas Bruv!! Brilliant effort reaching your target. Great video footage. Looking forward to see what happens next. Dad would have been very proud. Catch up soon. Well done chaps!

carbon-trapper 2nd December 2014

Great idea. After all the first ore smelting was done with charcoaled wood and even the dreaded nuclear power stations are simply a deadly source of heat for boiling water into steam to drive a turbine. I'm sure you've already thought of this but why not use the pedal power to operate a fan blower via chain rather than the two air bed infaltors. Guess it must be the pressure involved but the flow would be steady. Best of Luck.

simon.jaycock 25th November 2014

Hi guys ,my cousin Kate prudden has told us about the amazing work and space you have created down there, good luck really exiting project been coppicing home grown willow for fuel hear too love to have a biomass engine one day .Cheers Si.

arkady 19th November 2014

Excellent innovation, progress and determination. Keep going! I hope you get loads of really useful stats, further ideas and feedback around building this trike - which is excellent in itself too - and that this leads on to more uses for the technology too..... Great videos.

james-evans 18th November 2014

Absolutely wonderful project, very imaginative and with limitless possibilities. As an engineer I've thought about this over the years and it's great to see you guys having a go; I'll help with practical suggestions if you like....

andrewhdenny 17th November 2014

Worth it just for the Pondlife DVD. Good luck, keep working, keep true. Looks like this could one day become a lot more than just three guys in a shed.

nsquared 14th November 2014

Your idea is great, though I'm a bit worried that the publicity photos dwell on open flames! I had the idea in the late 1960's of building a steam-powered motorcycle, but didn't get very far with it, so I sincerely hope that you achieve your funding goal and can, so to speak, steam ahead.

justin 10th November 2014

47% already ! I really hope you get to 7k ! I'll check back in a few weeks, got my eye on a bundle of Silver Willow too !

zennorphoenix 5th November 2014

Thank you all for getting us off to a great start. Your enthusiasm for the project is really uplifting. 20% in two days - terrific!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thank you! You are contributing to the development of an exciting new eco-technology. Your name will appear in the credits of a short DVD film 'The Making of the Zennor Phoenix' and on our website's list of supporters.

£10 or more

29 of 230 claimed

£10 Reward

You will be invited to a rare, one-off performance by Pondlife in Penzance in March 2015. Celebrate the arrival of Spring by dancing your socks off to Penwith's 'good times' 10-piece ska band!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A signed, limited edition photograph of the team with the Zennor Phoenix Trike - a unique eco-vehicle. Plus your name on the DVD credits and website.

£15 or more

16 of 30 claimed

£15 Reward

Invitation to our Crowdfunding Success Celebration Event at The Tinners Arms, (Zennor's best pub!) featuring music by some of Penwith's finest folk musicians.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

For all of you who have enjoyed a Pondlife gig in the past decade, you can now own a DVD of 'The Last Bus to Skaville', a full-length film of the band's 10th anniversary concert, featuring all three members of the Zennor Phoenix team.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

You will receive a bundle of Silver Willow cuttings: (Salix argentea) a robust, elegant and fast growing tree. If you'd rather, we can plant a tree for you in the far west of Cornwall. You will also receive the photo and credits as above.

£40 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£40 Reward

A guided walk around Breage, the site of the first ever steam engine built by Newcomen in 1710. At least two Newcomen engines in the 1700s were wood-fuelled rather than coal. You will also receive the photo, the willow and credits as described above.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

You will receive a signed DVD of the short film 'The Making of the Zennor Phoenix'. You will also receive the Pondlife DVD, the photo, and credits as described above.

£80 or more

6 of 30 claimed

£80 Reward

You will be invited to meet the team for a tour of our off-grid workshops and woodland near Zennor in Cornwall. See, hear and discuss project developments at first hand. You will also receive the above reward.

£150 or more

8 of 20 claimed

£150 Reward

Be one of the first to ride on the Zennor Phoenix trike powered by an innovative wood-fuelled engine. Your ride will appear in the short film 'The Making of the Zennor Phoenix'. You'll also receive the above reward.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Be one of the first to own a wood-fuelled Zennor engine! We'll prioritise you as a customer for a bespoke engine for a particular application. A boat? An electricity generator? A festival taxi? Whatever you have in mind, we'd like to hear about your ideas.

£1,000 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£1,000 Reward

A unique sponsorship opportunity for you or your company. Be closely associated with this new eco-technology from the start.

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