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The Windbelt technology was originally conceived in 2004, during a trip to Petite Anse, Haiti. Haiti provided a cost and resource constrained environment that forced Shawn Frayne, the inventor of the Windbelt, to find a new solution for wind energy harvesting that moved away from the ancient paradigm of rotating turbines. The Windbelt technology utilizes a natural phenomenon known as aeroelastic flutter to generate electricity from an oscillating membrane. From this general concept, Humdinger Wind Energy has developed the microBelt, Windcell, and Windcell Panels. The microBelt is a Wind Energy Harvester developed to power various Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The microBelt was initially designed to utilize the airflows in a buildings HVAC system and replace the batteries needed to power the HVAC sensors. Additional applications include powering WSNs on high speed trains and airplanes, air quality control, and bridge stress monitoring. Taking wind power into places and applications previously inconceivable, the Windbelt aims to be one of the key tools of energy harvesting in the 21st century. Today, the suite of technologies and intellectual property behind the Windbelt™ is wholly owned by Humdinger Wind Energy, LLC ("Humdinger"). Humdinger, a Hawaii limited liability company with a wholly-owned subsidiary (Humdinger Wind Energy (HK) Limited) in Hong Kong, is primarily a research and development house focused on pushing forward the development of the Windbelt™ technology. Through its growing intellectual property base in the US and abroad, Humdinger manages rights to the Windbelt™ technology.
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