Woven Wind

November 14, 2012

In Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Guatemala , joint forces are at work: Student engineers from the University of Michigan and the women’s weaving cooperative in NSCI have developed a technology for sustainable, clean energy. The project “Woven Wind” combines the weaver’s skills with the student’s technical expertise in order to design a wind turbine system with blades made of woven textile material.

At present, the team is testing the turbine prototype throughout Guatemala. The current system is able to provide light and power cell phones as well as laptops. Next steps include the further development of the technology and the expansion of the model to other villages. The developers’ goal is to ensure that the manufacturing process is based on local skills and materials so that five years from now social businesses are able to run without external support. Since the women’s expertise lays the foundation for the technology, the project indeed fosters local ownership and responsibility.

Woven Wind shows how mutual empowerment works:  While student engineers benefit from cultural education and design experience, the women discover their entrepreneurial skills increasing their income and improving the living conditions not only for their own families but also for the communities who benefit from their woven turbines.

See for yourself:

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lu2UuASjlzo

Vineeta Manglani
Vineeta Manglani

Vineeta Manglani is Unit Director at the PR agency Sympra and responsible for international communication for the “empowering people. Award”. Vineeta was born in London and has been living and working in Germany for 21 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Political Studies and a diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism.

Function:
Award Communications

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Award Communications

Topics

  • Water & Waste Water
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Waste Management
  • Integral Solutions
  • Water & Waste Water
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Waste Management