Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Curry Stone Design Prize
A South African architectural firm with simple design for low-income housing for a Cape Town shantytown, was named the winner of $100,000 Curry Stone Design Prize. Shawn Frayne, inventor of the world’s first non-turbine wind-powered generator is one of the finalist.Shawn Frayne is an entrepreneur and the inventor of the world’s first non-turbine wind-powered generator. Frayne’s invention, an elegant hand held device harnesses what is known ast, known as “aeroelastic flutter,” by using tensioned membranes to capture small pockets of wind energy. The membranes oscillate magnets linearly past wire coils, which creates an electrical flow.