Friday, January 14, 2005

Student's Wave Energy Invention Wins National Award

Via the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Network News:
Researchers and companies have been trying for decades to capture the energy of waves to produce electric power, but the latest wave energy invention comes from an unlikely source: Aaron Goldin, a senior at San Dieguito High School Academy in Encinitas, California. In December, Goldin won the $100,000 Grand Prize scholarship from the 2004-2005 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation's premiere high school science competition, for his invention of the "Gyro-Gen," a gyroscope that converts ocean wave energy into electricity. The spinning gyroscope, mounted in a buoy, resists the movement of the waves by exerting torque on a crank, which turns an electric generator. Goldin created his gyroscope prototypes in his garage, scavenging an old tape recorder, answering machine, and other household appliances for parts. The invention also won the prestigious California Sea Grant John D. Isaacs Scholarship for outstanding ocean engineering research in 2004. See the announcements from the Siemens Foundation (PDF 141 KB) and the California Sea Grant College Program.
News of Aaron Goldin's invention came out last year, but its such a fascinating accomplishment, and an idea that hopefully will lead quickly to some productive, practical commercial applications. LOCE Wind & Wave Blog has posted several articles on the "Gyro-Gen" here and here

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