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January 12, 2005

Student's Wave Energy Invention Wins National Award

Photo of Aaron Goldin at work on his wave energy device.

Aaron Goldin's wave energy invention, built in his garage, earned him the Grand Prize in this year's Siemens Westinghouse Competition.
Credit: Michael Goldin

Researchers and companies have been trying for decades to capture the energy of waves to produce electric power, but the latest wave energy invention comes from an unlikely source: Aaron Goldin, a senior at San Dieguito High School Academy in Encinitas, California. In December, Goldin won the $100,000 Grand Prize scholarship from the 2004-2005 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation's premiere high school science competition, for his invention of the "Gyro-Gen," a gyroscope that converts ocean wave energy into electricity. The spinning gyroscope, mounted in a buoy, resists the movement of the waves by exerting torque on a crank, which turns an electric generator. Goldin created his gyroscope prototypes in his garage, scavenging an old tape recorder, answering machine, and other household appliances for parts. The invention also won the prestigious California Sea Grant John D. Isaacs Scholarship for outstanding ocean engineering research in 2004. See the announcements from the Siemens Foundation (PDF 141 KB) and the California Sea Grant College Program. Download Acrobat Reader.