Woven Wind is designing a small wind turbine system with the blades made of textile woven material. We are implementing a pilot program in Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, a village in Guatemala. The team is closely collaborating with a women weaving cooperative in the village to co-design the blades.
Woven Wind intends that the women weavers in the local communities will weave the blades and sell them for a profit. The system will be fabricated (with local materials), sold and implemented in-country. These turbine systems will be sold to communities throughout the host country, specifically in rural villages. Not only will the turbines provide clean energy, but they will empower women with jobs, as well as display the beautiful textiles and patterns of each community.
Woven Wind works with a small village in Guatemala called Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan. The village is located just over 100 miles west of Guatemala City and is approximately 10,000 feet above sea level. More specifically we are working with local women weavers who maintain their Mayan culture through back-strap weaving.
- Vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT)
- Each blade is covered with cotton textile weaving
- Clear epoxy sealant is applied
- Finished product will be made of local materials, and fabricated and sold in-country