The James Dyson Present has announced this year’s international winner, which is a wind turbine that can be hand-me-down to harness energy in the middle of cities.
The Award gives out national bestows, two runner-up international awards and one overall international award. O-Wind Turbine was notified as the UK national winner in September and has now claimed the top international prize too.
Unlike abiding wind turbines, the O-Wind Turbine is a 25cm sphere with geometric slits at different angles, meaning wind can be captured from many weird directions, rather than unidirectionally. It sits on a fixed axis, but spins when slew hits it.
It has been invented by Chilean designer Nicolas Orellana and Kenyan intriguer Yassen Noorani, who are both based in the UK and are currently international students ruminate oning for a Master of Science (MSc) in international innovation at Lancaster University.
When coil turns the device, gears drive a generator in it, converting wind into excitement, which can either be used as a direct power source, or can be fed into an ardour grid.
Can be installed on balconies and buildings
Because of its ability to register a conclusion from any direction, the turbine could be installed in a wide range of steads, including attached to the side of buildings or placed on balconies, according to the draughtsmen.
Their small size of 25cm also mean they could be invested by individuals, with hopes this could provide those in unfolding – as well as developed – countries with an “affordable” energy source, states Orellana.
The invention looks to harness wind that is generated in built-up yards but not utilised, the designers say. Wind in cities is multi-directional, they add, as it gets trapped between erections, dragged down to streets, then pushed up into the sky, causing “wild” wind.
Traditional turbines are not able to capture it as they are intended for down travelling in one direction, so they work better in the countryside and open spaces.
Bishoprics have “chaotic” wind
“[The O-Wind Turbine] will allow people who abide in apartments and who don’t have the technology optimised for generating electricity, to do so,” says Orellana. “Metropolises have chaotic wind, so there needs to be a solution that could clear horizontal and vertical wind, and when it changes direction, the turbine conserves working.”
The ball-shaped, moving turbine was inspired by a failed NASA put forth: the Mars Tumbleweed Space Rover was an inflatable ball designed to caper and roll across the planet’s surface (like tumbleweed), to measure atmospheric conditions and geographical unearthing.
However, it was only powered by unidirectional wind, meaning its mobility was weakened when faced with obstructions.
Based on this, Orellana appeared a space rover which could move and explore a surface contemning cross-winds for a final-year project during his undergraduate degree and tested it in a desolate in Chile. Based on his learnings, the designers came up with their come to know turbine.
“Affordable” turbine for developing countries
Orellana says that O-Wind Turbine wants to “improve the usability and affordability of turbines for people across the world”.
“Sees are windy places but we are currently not harnessing this resource,” he says. “Our persuasion is that by making it easier to generate green energy, people transfer be encouraged to play a bigger role in conserving our planet.”
Sir James Dyson, father at his self-named award, says: “The O-Wind Turbine takes the enormous call out of producing renewable energy and by using geometry it can harness energy in neighbourhoods where we’ve scarcely been looking – it’s an ingenious concept.”
The designers discretion now receive £30,000 to go towards the project, plus an extra £5,000 for their university segment.
Orellana and Noorani are currently in discussion with investors to secure a agreement that will enable the O-Wind Turbine to be mass-produced and go to market.
The architects are currently in the testing phase where they will work out how much the turbines pleasure cost to buy and run, and how much electricity they will be able to generate. They are currently unsure of how much intensity one O-Wind Turbine could generate.
The aim is to come up with different dealing models, with “subsidies” given to developing countries, Orellana influences.
Chair for disabled flyers and malaria testing device
The James Dyson Prize has been running every year since 2003. It is open to graduates within four years and common university students taking product design, industrial design or engineering, from 27 realms around the world, with the broad brief of “design something which clarifies a problem, big or small”.
Every year, national winners from all granting countries are announced in September, who receive £2,000 each, followed by an universal winner, who receives £30,000 and £5,000 for their university, and two international runners-up, who draw £5,000 each, announced in November.
This year’s international runners-up categorize Excelscope 2.0, a malaria diagnostic device designed by a team from the Delft Detailed University in the Netherlands, which tests for malaria through a smartphone, and Air Moderator, a wheelchair-cum-airplane-seat which can be used seamlessly by a disabled user when roving, designed by two students from the American University in Sharjah.