The Wind-Driven Turbine prototype is a wind driven refrigeration system for use by both the domestic and industrial sectors.
The innovative refrigeration system is intended to be used with a verticle axis wind turbine that will suit a specific need and to use that kinetic energy to run a refrigeration system. The prototype was developed and tested at the Energy Technology Station at DUT.
In South Africa as well as in other parts of the world, a large percentage of the population is still off the gridline and without electricity. The refrigeration of food is a necessity to maintain the health of the general population. Rural medical practitioners and clinics also need to keep vaccines at a low temperature. This device will both serve as a convenience and as a necessity in reducing spoiled food related health issues.
The system can also be used to assist Eskom and other utilities to reduce or supplement the demand on the grid and private individuals.