This was a project where we were paired up with the Renewable Energy Students from Exeter University to tackle the task of creating a Micro-Hydro Turbine which had to fit inside a Shelter Box and be distributed to disaster areas.
This project was a chance for myself and the group to improve upon our CAD/CAM skills and provide clear visuals of how the product could look and function in the terrain.
Our idea was to have the turbine to extend allowing it to be adaptable to the terrain and efficiently cope with the environment surrounding it. We also added small hooks on the body of the turbine to allow it to be mounted to a float of similar platform over the water to stabilise it.
A collaborative project with Exeter University - Designing a Micro Hydro Turbine
This project was a starting point for us to get used to collaborating with people in different areas of specialism, in this instance; renewable energies.
Our design solution was a micro-hydro turbine which would be completely dissassembled and put together on site. not only this but the turbines blades could adjust to cater for different environments.
We had a scale model in a week, got it tested before the end of this 14 day project. It was successful. To appeal to companies like ShelterBox to invest in, we'd need to look at manufacture.