I was wondering if it is possible to to use a magnetic trainer as a dynamo.
While riding on trainers, at a gym, or at home, I always think to myself, "I wish I could capture all this energy and put it to good use".
Has anyone ever turned a trainer into a dynamo? If so, I'd like to know what modifications are needed and what tools and parts are necessary, plans, etc.
Moreover, I'd like to know if it is then possible to use this dynamo to supplement power to ones' home, as opposed to just storing it. While discussing it with a friend, the main challenge that came to mind was converting the current to A/C and synchronizing the phase, voltage, frequency, etc. with the power coming into the house. Probably a bit overkill if you're not an experienced electrician (which I'm not) but maybe I'm wrong.
If hooking one up to the home is not realistic, is there any simple configuration that one could use to provide useful energy and store it?