Project: "Universal Generator"
Company:Chris Natt
Designer(s): Christopher Natt, United Kingdom
Category: Sustainable Living/Environmental Preservation, Professional
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Entry Description: Throughout the world it is estimated that 1.6 billion people live without electricity. The inspiration for the project comes from communities in the third world who develop ingenious and successful ways of survival by the imaginative use of what little is available to them. What if they could be given a tool to enable them to create a sustainable supply of energy which empowers them to improve their future? The Universal Generator is designed to be an integral part of an energy generating system. It is the missing element that deprived communities lack in order to provide an adaptable and sustainable local power source. The core structure of this device consists of an outer and inner drum. Either drum can be anchored, whilst a source of kinetic energy revolves the other within or around the stationary one, thus generating electricity. Potential applications are maximized by a simple mechanism within the inner drum which allows the axle to be easily replaced by others of differing dimensions, and unique features on the outer shell which enable flexible positioning of the generator. The generator could allow for water wheels to be made from bamboo, wind turbines to be created from old oil barrels, gearing to be created from old bicycle parts. The electricity can be regulated within the generator and used to power devices directly or to charge batteries. The Universal Generator embraces my aspiration to improve the quality of life for deprived and remote communities throughout the world by genuinely sustainable means. It is the most vulnerable members of these communities, the young, the elderly and the ill who will gain the most, but all would experience benefits to their everyday lives through adequate, reliable and sustainable lighting. Communities can continue to function after dark eg children can study, adults can work and people can meet and radios can provide knowledge from the outside world at all times. With growing confidence, it is the communities who will fulfill their particular needs.

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