Finally some more news on Shawn Frayne’s Windbelt

March 11, 2010 § 2 Comments

windbelt gen3I wrote about this invention featured as one of the 2007 Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards winners but never heard anything about it since.

Now news surface all over the net in hope for something more palpable. Since we last heard about it here on perfectcube Frayne has gone on to fund Humdinger Wind Energy LLC, a company purposed to develop and license the windbelt technology.

There will be three scales of application for the Windbelt technology offered by Humdinger:

  • the microWindbelt, the smallest one, is only about 5 inches long and 1 inch tall and can provide power for sensors and other small electronics;
  • the Windcell, a larger windbelt comes in a 1-meter long frame and  can provide 3 to 5 watts of power, enough for an LED light or other relatively low-power needs.
  • A panel of stacked windcells can make any size of windbelt generator. A 1 meter square Windcell panel is believed to be able to produce up to 100 watts, and have a panel cost of around $1 per watt.

The third edition of the windbelt, the one that Humidinger plans to roll out needs a wind of about 6m/s (13mph) to get to that $1/watt but it can generate power even at lower windspeeds. Having one square meter of windbelts at this windspeed could lighten a whole house in a developing country if LED bulbs are used which is pretty impressive.

Shawn Frayne’s Windbelt

Shawn Frayne’s Windbelt, now Humidinger's windbelt is leaps forward the original one and is ready to roll pout in the wild and prove itslef


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§ 2 Responses to Finally some more news on Shawn Frayne’s Windbelt

  • festoolts55 says:

    Not too sure how I found this blog but glad I did find it. Think I was looking for something else on yahoo. Don’t know I agree 100% with what you say, but have bookmaked and will come back to read to see if you add any more posts. Good blog

  • Robert_13 says:

    Very interesting. I would appreciate more specific details on the output of the 1 m^2 at the windspeeds referred to here. Better yet, it would be great to have a plot of watts out versus windspeed.

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