Producing electricity from the wind without a turbine

April 4th, 2013 by Mecanoo Architecten b.v.

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The squared ‘O’ frame of the Electrostatic WIndenergy CONvertor (EWICON) outside the electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science building at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (click image to expand – image courtesy of Mecanoo Architects B.V.)

Mecanoo Architecten b.v. has designed a scale model of an Electrostatic WIenergy CONvertor (EWICON) using technology developed by Delft University of Technology in a consortium with Wageningen UR and commercial companies.

The model EWICON was erected on 27 March 2013 outside the electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science building at the university in the Netherlands.

The electrostatic wind energy converter transforms wind energy into electricity without the use of moving mechanical parts, which reduces wear and tear, lowers maintenance costs, and produces no noise or shadow casting.

The EWICON can be installed on land or at sea and can also be placed on the roof of a tall building.

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The Rotterdam City Hall redevelopment where the ‘010’ sign on the roof made use of two EWICONS (click image to expand – image courtesy of Mecanoo Architecten b.v.)

The EWICON has an abstract appearance with a flowing steel frame in the shape of a squared ‘O’ supporting a framework of horizontal steel tubes.

Within this framework, electrically charged droplets are created and blown away by the wind.

The movement of the droplets creates an electric current, which can be supplied to the electricity grid.

In 2009, Mecanoo applied the EWICON into the design of the Rotterdam City Hall, where the ‘OIO’ sign on the roof made use of two EWICONS.

Development of the EWICON will continue once funding has been secured for further scientific research.

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See the Kelvin water dropper for information about a similar concept.

 

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