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Winner - Silver
Designer: Chris Natt
Design Type: Product, Electronics
Company / Organization / School: SmartDesign
The ‘Universal Generator’ is designed to be an integral part of an energy generating system. It is a simple device that generates electricity from any kind of rotary motion and could be the missing element that deprived communities lack in order to provide an adaptable and sustainable local power source. It aims to improve the quality of life for deprived and remote communities throughout the world by genuinely sustainable means of producing electricity. Like many alternators the core structure of this device consists of two key elements, in this case fashioned in to an outer and inner drum. The difference is that the universal generator allows either drum to be anchored, whilst a source of kinetic energy revolves the other within or around the stationary one, thus generating electricity.