For release: September 7, 2010
For press information, contact Tom Mendina, 901-678-4310
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.
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.
Dr. John Hochstein
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.
For more information, contact Tom Mendina 901-678-4310 or firstname.lastname@example.org