This design by Electronic Engineering student, Juan David Villegas, might be able to solve energy issues in some of Colombia’s rural areas.
The propeller designed by Villegas, a student of Colombia’s National University (UNAL), can obtain wind and solar energy, while leveraging rain water and condensed water that is trapped in the air.
The new prototype, known as Hydro-helic Generator, is a hybrid that obtains solar and wind energy at the same time, with the possibility of storing water resulting from precipitation and condensation processes, the University said.
This self-sufficient alternative also represents a possible solution for the more than 1,700 Colombian municipalities that currently lack access to electricity, as it can serve eight to 10 bulbs on, and a keep a refrigerator going.
The propeller’s structure consists of solar panels with holes that allow the passage of rainwater, helping wind and rain water activate the propeller’s movement when colliding with the structure, generating energy.
Integrating this type of structures to the national energy system aims to increase the efficiency of conventional photovoltaic and solar projects in the country, which today have a performance of only 15% to 20%, and take them to be 60% efficient by working with solar, wind and hydraulic energy, all at once.
Without bills, charges, or electrical networks, this prototype would provide a better quality of life in Colombia’s rural areas where there is poor electricity service, or where this service does not exist at all, the source added.
Bottom-line: This project is exactly what Colombians need to hear, and confirms that incorporating renewable energies to the national energy matrix is the way to go when it comes to resolving the country’s energy issues, especially in traditionally neglected areas.