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Galang, Ariane Joy D.

2013 48638

Sir Ace Acosta

When MIT graduate Shawn Frayne visited a village in Haiti that was not powered or connected to an electrical grid, he realized the need of rural villages for a low cost electric generator that can easily be assembled and put up. Instead of using traditional kerosene lamps, Frayne thought of powering LEDs using micro-scale wind-based energy as a better alternative source of light for poor villagers.

In 2004, he invented the Humdinger’s core technology which is the Windbelt™ that aimed to produce energy enough to power light systems of rural areas and replace batteries in most portable devices with the smallest cost possible.

For years now, turbines have been used to pound grains, pump water, and create electricity for large scale applications but with equivalent large costs. Producing energy for small scale applications with the smallest of costs and easily conceivable materials, on the other hand, has been difficult and problematic for generator companies. Since Frayne’s target market was humble villages, turbine-based power generating technologies couldn’t meet economic and manufacturability standards.

With the Windbelt™ innovation’s breakthrough in the field of small scale wind energy production, Frayne has been able to produce electricity from low wind speeds that can charge cell phones and light white LEDs. This type of technology is known to be market pull that addressed the need for convenient and efficient turbine-less wind energy generators.

The Windbelt™ innovation is an example of a breakthrough, product innovation in the field of renewable energy generation. With Humdinger as the first company to produce turbine-less wind generators for small scale and large scale use, the chain of incremental turbine technologies has finally been broken by this new invention with costs of only US$10. The Windbelt™ innovation is absolutely a radical innovation designed to replace turbines that have nearly only 1% efficiency when used specifically for small scale applications. Aside from it being the first turbine-less wind energy generator, its materials are very easy to acquire and thus making it a simple and new product with far different components and assembling methods from conventional turbines.

Although considered to be more of an invention, than just simply an innovation, the Windbelt™ technology is a fresh approach to years-old problems regarding wind energy. It produces new output and answers the questions in producing low cost and reliable electricity generation.