Have you ever wondered why a blade of grass pressed between your thumbs whistles when you blow on it? It is the same force that waives flags in the wind. The cord holding the flag vibrates in the wind. This vibration can build up a tremendous force.
Inventor Shawn Frayne was committed to bring energy to Haiti. Instead of using expensive photovoltaic devices or turbines which rely on rare earth metals, Shawn imagined a solution based on flutter, this aerodynamic force that vibrates an elongated elastic. Instead of going against the power of nature, he harvests it and turns it into electricity.
The first mass application for flutter-generated electricity may be well be in Bhutan. The citizens of this Buddhist Nation put up flags to pray. Everyone knows where the wind blows best. Each flagpole can be equipped with a vibrating cord. Praying while generating electricity sounds like holy energy.
Is this the Column-like, vibrational, harvesting of energy with SILK??
|960 days ago|
what is Bhutan upto? they seem to be reinventing human civilisation up there -- first the peaceful transition to democarcy, then the amazing of act of keeping both giant neighbours happy and "away", then happiness index and now this close collaboration with Blue Planet!! roof of the world, here i come
|1093 days ago|
That's an incredibly simple and elegant CleanEnergy provider -- congratulations to Shawn and hope to hear of and see the first (and may more) working installations, and performance criteria and other data when available.
|1107 days ago|