Inspired by a NASA space rover, winner of the British James Dyson Prize in 2018, it is a spherical microturbine capable of picking up wind from all directions.

O-Wind turbine took home the top prize, with a cash prize of £ 2,000.

A new spherical turbine which designed for city installation and able to pick up the wind in any direction. It is the brainchild of two young designers, recently awarded the prestigious James Dyson Award UK.

O-Wind Turbine, this is what this curious turbine is called, revolutionizes the appearance and operation of the classic microturbine. Conventional wind turbines pick up the wind in only one direction and are inefficient in cities where the wind trapped between buildings becomes unpredictable. O-Wind Turbines attempts to resolve this randomness of wind.

How it works.

This small device is a single-axis omnidirectional turbine capable of harnessing horizontal and vertical winds to produce wind power. The prototype uses Bernoulli’s principle for its mechanical movement and has a simple geometric shape: a sphere 25 cm in diameter with mouths positioned on a fixed axis.

The idea, the students explain, was born… in space. Years ago, NASA was testing the possibility of using wind spheres to move rovers on Mars. “A prototype tested in the Atacama Desert has shown that this concept can work, covering more than 7 km in a straight line“, They comment.

This concept was developed and adapted to a wind turbine that exploits its ability to use omnidirectional winds to achieve single axis rotation. The students hope that the turbine – which may take another five years or more before it becomes available on the market – will be installed in buildings where they can take full advantage of the weather conditions.

The invention received £ 2,000 of the national prize and is now part of the international race for the final stage of the James Dyson Prize in November, which will give the world winner an additional prize of £ 30,000.

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It was designed by Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani, both students at Lancaster University.

More information: jamesdysonaward.org