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U of M Goes "Greene" With New Twist on Turbine Power University News
For release: September 7, 2010

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The University of Memphis, which has been recognized among the top “green” campuses in the nation, will go “Greene” this month. Inventor Geoff Greene will display and discuss a water turbine he created that could reduce global warming.

From Sept. 13-24, the McWherter Library will display “Greene Power: A New Twist on a Turbine” in the rotunda. The exhibit will include a poster, a wooden model, and a four-foot wheel to illustrate the size of the turbine.

Dr. John Hochstein
Dr. John Hochstein
Greene and Dr. John Hochstein, U of M professor of mechanical engineering, will give a presentation about the turbine at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 15, in the McWherter Library rotunda. The event is free and open to the public.

The invention captures hydrokinetic energy to produce electricity. A large wheel, sealed in the middle of the structure, has a tank at the end of each spoke. As the wheel turns, water pours down to the center of the wheel. The rush of water continuously spins the turbine, generating power.

Large projects like the turbine often have design challenges. Greene came to the U of M’s Center for Biofuel Energy and Sustainable Technologies for help. At first Hochstein was doubtful that the turbine would work. After meeting Greene and seeing his invention, Hochstein realized the project had potential. They have submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy for funding to produce the turbine.

Parking is available in the Innovation Drive or Zach Curlin parking garages or in the Southern Avenue parking lot.

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