Wind-Powered Water Heater

Posted on September 8, 2006  Comments (2)

University Students Build Wind-Powered Water Heater by Gregg Kleiner:

A team of engineering students from Oregon State University, inspired by a late professor’s rudimentary sketches, has designed a working prototype of a hot water heating system powered solely by the wind.

The students believe the technology, which uses magnets, a copper plate and plenty of ingenuity, has the potential to birth a new company and ultimately make an impact on the way the world heats water, especially in developing countries.

The prototype was the team’s senior design project, a year-long, hands-on engineering course at OSU that all senior engineering students must participate in, choosing an idea or basic design and developing it to the prototype stage. Despite having no funding, the students say the concept has now been proven to work, and several team members considered spinning off a nonprofit company that would bring the technology to developing countries.

2 Responses to “Wind-Powered Water Heater”

  1. CuriousCat: Floating Windmills: Power at Sea
    December 8th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    “The future goal is to have large-scale offshore wind parks with up to 200 turbines capable of producing up to 4 terawatt hours (TWh) per year and delivering renewable electricity to both offshore and onshore activities. This goal is far in the future, but if we’re to succeed in 10-15 years…”

  2. Curious Cat: More Efficient Water Heaters
    April 6th, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

    The new water heater will be available in 2009… Tankless water heaters, for example, are available now…

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