Senior project turns wind energy to heat

October 10th, 2006

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 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.

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Wind powered water heater with creators

5 responses to “Senior project turns wind energy to heat”

  1. […] With Oregon State University being THE engineering school in Oregon, one might imagine that the College of Engineering could sit back and be satisfied being the top dog. That is definitely not the case. OSU professors, students, researchers, and alumni are pushing everyday to make advancements in all engineering fields. Below are some examples of their work to date. […]

  2. varun sahay says:

    i am looking for detail study of wind energy

  3. Rita says:

    This is the generation that will bring us back to the self sustaining nation we need to be. Great article and glad to see such projects! Wind energy can make a big difference.

  4. Mandy says:

    Wind energy is great when the wind is blowing. Something more reliable would be geothermal.

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