Road to Endeavour: Scaling up the wind belt

Road to Endeavour: Scaling up the wind belt

November 11, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


We’re all really passionate about
renewable energy so we have come together to do an Engineers Without Borders project. So Engineers Without Borders gave us a brief and it simply said to scale up the wind belt to charge medium to small electronic devices. So
we’ve taken that idea and ran with it. I’m Dakshinee I’m Jack and I’m Jess The endeavor exhibition gives the final year masters of engineering students a chance to showcase their capstone projects to members of the
public and Industry bodies so basically what a wind-belt is is it has a membrane and then this membrane will flicker in the wind and due to this fluttering in the wind it will move a magnet or a coil depending on what your design is and this coil or magnet will move up and down and cause electromagnetic conduction and from that we can actually produce power. We’re trying to take a really human-centered approach to our design so our target communities are communities in Nepal who live in sort of more mountainous or hilly regions and
they have access to quite good natural wind energy and so they can hopefully
use this device all throughout the day. I mean Nepal has a lot of other
renewable energy sources such as solar they have a lot of biofuels but this is
really supposed to supplement or complement those alternative energy
sources. We wanted it to be able to be used by almost anyone in a household so
you know we kind of focused on making the device light mobile easy to maintain
and assemble, durable and pretty much so a bit of a more low-tech kind of device for those communities. We’re trying to use a lot of recycled
materials so for the membrane we’re using a VHS tape because there are a lot
of VHS tapes around they’re quite redundant now
we’re saving them from going to landfill we’re giving them a second life in our
project and also for the generation of of the power rather than using just a
coil and a magnet and one going through the other we’re using a voice call from
a computer hard drive so that enables us to increase our efficiency but
also give another component a second life short of those going to landfills aswell. At the exhibition we’re looking forward to showcasing our design. I think
primarily because we’ve been so up and close to that throughout the year,
we’ve been quite critical of ourselves and our analysis throughout the year so
it’s been almost hard to sort of take a step back and look at it from the
broader perspective. At the exhibition I’m looking forward to it I think we’re
all looking forward to showcasing that and allowing people to to understand
what we’ve been working on because it is quite a simple design in that sense. Our
ultimate goal is to hand back our prototypes and our research to Engineers
Without Borders so that other teams and other researchers can take our design
forward to do some more iterations and to really optimize the power generated
from the device and hopefully will become something that is usable by our
target communities in Nepal and something that will complement and supplement the energy sources they already have. If you’d like to learn more about our
project and those of our classmates, come down to the endeavor exhibition on
Thursday the 24th of October. Looking forward to seeing you there