Lancaster students win $40K prize and prestigious international James Dyson award. From the James Dyson Award website “James Dyson has chosen O-Wind Turbine as the International Winner of the James Dyson Award 2018, earning a cash prize of $40,000 and $6,000 for their university department.” Details from The Guardian article:
Nicolas Orellana, 36, and Yaseen Noorani, 24, MSc students at Lancaster University, scooped the James Dyson award for their O-Wind Turbine, which – in a technological first – takes advantage of both horizontal and vertical winds without requiring steering. Conventional wind turbines capture wind travelling only in one direction, and are notoriously inefficient in cities where wind trapped between buildings becomes unpredictable. In 2015, the “Walkie Talkie” skyscraper on Fenchurch Street in London was believed responsible for creating a wind tunnel that knocked down shop signs and toppled pedestrians. Originally from Chile and Kenya respectively, Orellana and Noorani were crowned the international winners of this year’s James Dyson award on Thursday, having already clinched the top prize in the UK. Their entry beat thousands of others from 27 different countries.