Inspired by a NASA space rover, winner of the UK’s James Dyson Award in 2018, it is a spherical microturbine that can capture wind from all directions.
O-Wind Turbine won first prize, with a cash prize of £ 2,000.
A new spherical turbine designed for installation in the city and capable of capturing the wind in any direction. This is the brainchild of two young designers, recently awarded the prestigious James Dyson Award Uk.
O-Wind Turbine, this is what this curious turbine is called, revolutionizes the appearance and operation of the classic microturbine. Conventional wind turbines capture wind in only one direction and are inefficient in cities where wind trapped between buildings becomes unpredictable. O-Wind Turbines tries to solve this randomness of the wind.
How does it work.
This little device is a single-axis omni-directional turbine capable of harnessing horizontal and vertical winds to produce wind power. The prototype uses the Bernoulli principle for its mechanical movement and features a simple geometric shape: a 25 cm diameter sphere with jaws positioned on a fixed axis.
The idea, the students explain, was born… in space. Years ago, NASA was testing the possibility of using wind spheres to move rovers on Mars. ” A prototype tested in the Atacama desert has shown that this concept can work, covering more than 7 km in a straight line “, they comment.
This concept has been developed and adapted to a wind turbine that exploits its ability to use omnidirectional winds to achieve rotation on a single axis. The students hope that the turbine – which may take at least another five years before it becomes commercially available – will be installed in buildings where they can take full advantage of the weather conditions.
The invention received £ 2,000 from the national award and is now part of the international race for the James Dyson Prize finals in November, which will award the world winner an additional £ 30,000 as prize.
It has been designed by Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani, both students at Lancaster University.
More information: jamesdysonaward.org