Meeting Date: 12 April, 2013

Prepared By: George Firican




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Child inventor harnesses the wind


I found this to be quite an inspiring story that I wanted to share with you. It is about William Kamkwamba, from Malawi, who truly is a born inventor. When he was 14, he built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap in order to defeat hunger and poverty.

His story

William Kamkwamba: "How I harnessed the wind" 5:56 minutes


Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba story 6:08 minutes

More on William Kamkwamba

More good news followed Kamkwamba's invention as he became one of four recipients of the 2010 GO Ingenuity Award. With the grant he won he held workshops for youth in his home village, teaching them how to make windmills and repair water pumps.

In 2007 Kamkwamba entered an "intensive two-year academic program combining the Cambridge University A-levels curriculum with leadership, entrepreneurship, and African studies at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. He then went on to study at Dartmouth College, Class of 2014."

He was also a guest speaker at a few Rotary clubs.


I hope his story inspired you to do something great for your community as well.


Wind power facts

1. Wind power is one of the oldest forms of energy, dating back to at least 5000 BC when it was used to power sails.

2. One megawatt of wind energy means 2600 fewer tons of carbon dioxide being produced.

3. Wind power is closely related to solar power. How? The sun warms up our planet, but because of different types of surfaces, surface irregularities and the planet's rotation, the Earth is not heated uniformly. These variances in temperature cause irregularities in air pressure which results in wind.

4. Most wind energy comes from turbines that can be as tall as a 20-story building and have three 200 foot-long (i.e. 60 meter-long) blades

5. China has the world's biggest wind energy production, overtaking US in 2010. Its wind energy capacity reached ~63 Megawatts in 2011, or the equivalent of 13 nuclear power stations or 60 coal-fired power stations, according to GE.

6. Interestingly enough, Texas has the most installed wind capacity of any US State and in 2008 US Wind turbines generated 52 billion KW hours, about 1% of the total nationwide electricity production at the time and nearly enough to power the entire state of Colorado.


Editor's note: On March 12, 2013 at South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals (an annual festival trying to foster creative and professional growth), William Kamwamba had another success by having the "William and the Windmill" documentary win one of the festival's top two honors. The film took home the Grand Jury Award for Documentary Feature. The film tells the story of William and his life changing engineering feat and it follows his journey from his home in Malawi to Darthmouth College.

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