Usage of Lifters
Once one has chosen the size of the Lifter and the power source, be it human, animal, solar, wind, water, etc. one can begin to determine if one Lifter or many Lifters are needed. It may be that one Lifter of the size desired would exceed the power requirements needed to operate it. Even with the Lifter Add On Assemblies and the Ground Tilt Assist Assemblies an upper limit is reached. A series of manageable Lifters could be daisy chained to a common drive shaft and the total power used in one cycle or used serially over an extended period of time. Another option would be to add a Gravity Bank and a Carousel.
As mentioned before, the basic design of the Lifter is the Carriage/Object Assembly. The tilt and hold assembly, is designed to provide movement up a vertical support or incline. Adding additional tilting assist assemblies on the carriage, the upper vertical tilt assembly and/or on the ground is entirely up to the tilting force requirements of the Lifter and the manufacturer.
A Lifter will deliver the contents of its Carriage to a designated height for energy storage. Lifters, operating in a 1 hour cycle, 8 to 20 feet high may be designed to serve the needs of a single room with 5 to 20 watts. A cabin or home could have a 25 to 60 foot Lifter operated by two or more individuals to provide 20 to 300 watts. Larger Lifters serving as a backup or supplemental power to large scale wind, tidal or solar systems could be 100 to 300 feet tall and provide in one cycle 500 to 10000 watts. Placing Lifter systems offshore or on the side of a mountain/hill provides even greater power possibilities.
Lifters are constructed to raise their payload up an incline or up a vertical support. In the case of very tall vertical supports a series of vertical supports might be constructed like steps. Each step could be tens of feet in height, passing the payload off to the next Lifter. If placed on an incline the support structure of the Carriage would be the ground and a vertical structure would not be required to support the weight of the Carriage or support structure above it.