Posts Tagged:wind

The future of kites

The Kiteboat Project has existed in some form since 1997, when Don Montague first began attaching kites to boats. Between 1997 and 2006, Don worked with a team in Hawaii to develop kites for use with surfing canoes, small catamarans, and large motored cats; their accomplishments included wave-riding and several island crossings. Between 2006 and…

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Segun Oyeyiola built a wind- and solar-powered Beetle

Segun Oyeyiola has managed to make something extraordinary. The engineering senior at Nigeria’s Obagemi Awolowo University spent a year retrofitting a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind and solar-powered car partially made of free scrap parts donated by friends and family. Everything else cost under $6,000. Dr. John Preston, chair of McMaster University’s engineering physics department…

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Peter Chilvers – the boy who changed watersports

Not achieved by the established order but by very young open minded people. Like in 1958, when 12-year-old Peter Chilvers created the very first sailboard.

Flying wind turbines

Altaeros Energies, founded in 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is working on flying wind turbines; the BAT.

‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ teaches perseverance

William Kamkwamba is a remarkable young man from Wimbe, a small rural village in Malawi, Africa. In late 2001, while his family was battling life-threatening famine, 14-year-old William was forced to drop out of high school for a lack of school fees ($75 USD per year). Rather than accept this fate, William educated himself by…

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