Gallery: Windbelt: Innovative Generator to Bring Cheap Wind Power to Th...


Within the next few months, we hope to start seeing more about an intriguing small-scale wind power technology that was first announced a few years ago. The Windbelt was devised as a wind power generator to meet the very modest power needs of families in third-world countries. The device is revolutionary for being non-revolving — most wind power is produced by something going around in a circle and turning on an axis to drive a generator. Windbelt, however, uses the oscillation of a thin strip of material held in tension with a spring to vibrate a magnet that generates electrical power.

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  1. mcmillan October 16, 2012 at 1:42 am

    I have constructed my own, simplified version of winbelt generator for iphone charging:
    Shawn, thanks for inspiring me!

  2. windoption April 2, 2012 at 6:24 am

    I have explained on my blog how to build exactly such a Windbelt generator. I used a much simpler design, so if you are interested my results are here:

  3. GeileStoeptegel August 12, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Maybe it could be provided in third-world countries at cost because of profits made elsewhere?

    What happens in wind speeds over 13mph (4 Beaufort)?

    And the noise is also my biggest concern.

  4. charioteeer August 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Nice idea…but how NOISY is it in high winds?

  5. ARraces March 9, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Good Idea but how noisy are they?

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