Expert talk with Jonathan Globerson, industrial designer from Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Our topics: Globerson's search for a business investor, ways for dwelling residents to produce their own renewable energy and the future of the green generator.
In the autumn of 2010 industrial designer Jonathan Globerson showcased the Greenerator (the CleanEnergy Project reported). Now the US American is looking for a business investor to bring the Greenerator to the market. The residential, green generator is a compact device, that combines solar and wind energy to produce renewable energy right on your apartment's balcony. In optimal conditions the Greenerator would produce about 1,000 kilowatt-hours annually.
Mr. Globerson, you developed the Greenerator. What exactly is its function? How does it work?
The Greenerator is a compact solar panel and wind turbine that can be installed right on an apartment balcony. It enables dwelling residents to produce their own renewable energy without relying on external resources.
It comes disassembled in a box with assembling instructions. It would be simple enough to build by anyone that knows how to handle a wrench.
The prototype already exists. Now you are looking for investors to bring the project up in the air. What's your idea of the perfect investor for the Greenerator?
The perfect investor for the Greenerator would be a company or an individual which either has experience in the renewable energy field, or would like to expand into this fast growing sector. I have perfected the device to be more stable and efficient than the current design. All I need now is funding to make it happen!
Can you already estimate, how much the Greenerator will finally cost in the shops?
The retail price I am shooting for is about 1,000 US-Dollar.
How much energy can the Greenerator produce? What are the average household's savings?
In optimal conditions, the Greenerator would produce about 1.000 kilowatt-hours annually, combining both solar energy and wind energy.
For a US resident it is about a nine percent of it's home electric bill. For a European resident it would be about double savings (20 percent or more), since they use less electricity.
How can a household use the produced energy?
There are two available methods which the average household would be able to use the produced energy. The first method would be reserving the energy produced by the Greenerator in batteries. This would allow to power minor appliances directly – such as a desktop computer, a TV or any other small appliance.
The second method would be grid-tied. This way you would be able to use the electricity directly from the wall socket into appliances around the house. At times when you consume less energy than produced by the device, you would be selling electricity back to the electric company.
What is your objective for the Greenerator?
It allows building residents the ability to harvest green sustainable energy from nature. It is the perfect solution for western countries and developing countries. It may also be helpful in places where the electric grid is unstable or unavailable.
The energy produced by the Greenerator may be preserved in batteries and used for small appliances, emergencies or blackouts. It may also be grid connected and save the energy costs of an average apartment.
Mr.Globerson, thank you for the interview.
You will find all ways to contact Jonathan Globerson on the contact form of the designer's website.