Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Product: Windmills into watermills

Can a wind turbine work when there is rain and no/mild wind?  What if there is a blade shape that could be mostly effective in capturing the energy behind wind like a normal wind turbine, but also harness the energy of falling water?  Would it have a retractable bucket/scoop at the end of the blade?

The Product: AquaWind

How it works:
When it is raining outside, the buckets extend and when filled push the arms forward creating energy from rain.  When windy an not raining the buckets retract and the system operates like a standard wind turbine.

Related websites:
http://www.windenergyplanning.com/category/home-wind-power
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pico_hydro
http://challenge.ecomagination.com/home/Rain-Downspout-Electric-Turbine

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