Welcome to a new planet!
The Hand Crank Generator is a small generator that you can salvage from the wreckage of your spaceship. It produces power from manual cranking. There is also a technology to research if you need more than one. And the technology also reduces the amount of button mashing required to power the HCG.
How to crank!
Simply hover your mouse cursor over the HCG and press the key that you use to rotate buildings. You have to be pretty close to grab the handle with your short arms!
Use it for Low Tech Modpacks or as Modding Tutorial
HCG fits well with low-tech mods and modpacks that require electricity for water pumps.
The mod source code also contains extensive comments intended as an intermediate level modding tutorial. See the FAQ for futher info on that or read the wiki page.
By default the HCG produces 20kW of power for up to 5 minutes, and it takes 15 seconds of cranking to fully charge.
The Technology and recipe can be disabled to make it a starting-only item.
The power production capabilities can be fully customized (output, duration, required cranking).