Firewinder

September 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

“… able to inspire people to think about the invisible beauty, awesome power and endless resource of the alternative energies which encircle us.”

 

 

It’s time for some cool art! The Firewinder was inspired and developed by Tom Lawton, a young British inventor from the West Country in the UK. In 2001, Tom conceived his first designs and began to research and develop a solution. In the fall of 2008 The Firewinder Company will finally start shipping Firewinder, a single, stand-alone product, which is affordable and accessible to everyone (can be pre-ordered here: Shop!).

An early Firewinder prototype hanging beside a busy road in an 8mph wind in Bath, England.

An early Firewinder prototype hanging beside a busy road in an 8mph wind in Bath, England.

 

 

 

The basic premise of how the Firewinder works is as follows; it begins to transform wind into light from wind speeds of only 3 m/h (5 km/h), and it then is designed to transform wind into light to enable the visualisation of the energy in the wind, as a never-ending upward spiralling helix of light. 

 

The vertical axis wind turbine has 14 LEDs attached to it and as the wind blows, the LEDs illuminate and optically blend into one another to create a mesmerizing outdoor light.

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