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14 Mar 2007 Back

HKU and Motorwave Limited Jointly Launch Micro-Wind Turbine Technology for Crowded Cities
The University of Hong Kong and Motorwave Limited will jointly launch a new development in micro-wind turbine technology which enables wind turbines to start generating electricity at wind speeds as low as 2 meters per second.

Unlike traditional small wind turbines with rotor blades, the micro-wind turbines developed by HKU and Motorwave are equipped with specially designed plastic gearwheels, with diameter of just 26cm. By linking the gearwheels together, the micro-wind turbine can generate more electricity. Users can choose the numbers of gearwheels they want and determine the size of their wind turbines according to their energy needs and the space they have on their balconies or rooftops.

These unique features of the micro-wind turbine technology enable people living and working in urban environment, for the first time, to use wind energy to drive their electrical appliances.

The Hong Kong Sea School and WWF Hong Kong will each deploy the new micro-wind turbine technology in the coming months.

A press conference will be held on March 15 (Thursday) to introduce the technology, and a demonstration will be conducted after the press conference.

Media representatives are invited to cover the press conference and the demonstration. Details are:

Dr Dennis Y C Leung, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, HKU
Dr Michael K H Leung, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, HKU
Mr Lucien Gambarota, Founder and President, Motorwave Limited
Mr Douglas Woodring, Vice President, Motorwave Limited

Mr Eric Bohm, Chief Executive Officer, WWF Hong Kong
Mr William Hutchinson, Head, Hong Kong Sea School
Mr Christian Masset, Chairperson, Clear The Air

Date: March 15, 2007
Time: 14:30 pm -16:00 pm
Venue: Press Conference - Lecture Theatre A, Chow Yei Ching Building, HKU
Demonstration – Rooftop, Chow Yei Ching Building, HKU
Language: English and Cantonese

For media enquiries, please contact Mr Cheung Chung Wah, External Relations Office, HKU, at 2859 2600 or 9130 8894.