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

Sorry to keep you all waiting, but some things can't be rushed. Here it is finally, the world's first Pump-Action Steam Trike Invention Extraordinaire (Cornish P.A.S.T.I.E) in action: 
Admittedly it's not quite as impressive in it's performance as a petroleum fueled internal combustion engine, but then they've had a head start…

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Hello all,

Sorry for delay and lack of updates but controlling our steam is proving very challenging. Mostly underwhelming but occaisionally explosive. The burner is going really well. The motor has needed some TLC but is proving pretty robust. The trike is a dream machine. We just need to get monotube…

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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

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£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

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£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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