A few years back we did a quick article about a young inventor by the name of Shawn Frayne who came up with a very cool wind-based micro turbine. We caught up with him recently and thought readers would be interested to see what he has been doing with the idea.
Shawn and a few others have launched a company called Humdinger Wind Energy to bring the micro-turbine to market. Expanding on his original concept, they have built a working prototype of a medium-sized version called the Windcell. This unit is perfect for powering bigger things such as WiFi repeaters, traffic cams, and other such applications. The Windcell would also be a good second power source to work in tandem with solar cells.
Since 2007, the membrane-based micro generator technology has undergone several transformations. The small tabletop proof-of-concept has been transformed into the microBelt, the Windcell, and the Windcell Panel. Humdinger Wind Energy's goal is to bring clean, low cost, wind power everywhere. Readers will be hearing more about the Windbelt as this looks to be one of the key tools of energy harvesting in the 21st century. [Permalink] - Windbelt micro generator update