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Students Turn Vibrations From Wind Energy into Electricity

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On May 27, 2010 @ 5:00 pm In green gadgets,Renewable Energy | 1 Comment

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Think of wind energy [2] and you probably conjure up an image of giant turbines. But students in Cornell’s Vibro-Wind Research Group have a different model of wind power [3] in mind. They’re working on an ultra-efficient, cheap method to transform vibrations from wind into clean energy with a $100,000 grant from the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future’s Academic Venture Fund.

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Undergraduate students at Cornell [5] have been working on the design, which consists of a panel mounted with foam oscillators, for the past semester. The conversion from mechanical to electric energy was achieved using a a piezoelectric transducer–a ceramic or polymer device that releases electrons when stressed.

No word on when the students’ design might be commercialized, but eventually the group hopes that vibro-wind [6] setups could be placed on buildings that might not have room–or money–for traditional turbines. We’ll be watching to see what else these enterprising students come up with.

+ Cornell [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/27/students-turn-vibrations-from-wind-energy-into-electricity/vibration-energy_7trqn_69/

[2] wind energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy/wind

[3] wind power: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/08/texas-breaks-u-s-wind-power-generation-record/&sa=X&ei=lsT-S57wK5K4Np2Q1Ds&ved=0CB4QzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNHi_nb5ZGc1f2qHR8iDbSCyftaJsw

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/27/students-turn-vibrations-from-wind-energy-into-electricity/vibro2/

[5] Cornell: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/May10/VibroWind.html

[6] wind: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/24/portable-solar-wind-turbine-keeps-you-charged-on-the-go/

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