British Patent Celebration for WITT Energy!
2017 marks the 400th anniversary of the British patent.
To mark and celebrate this occasion the government has launched the GREAT Britain Imagination Campaign to showcase some of the amazing patents we have seen over the last 400 years.
On average there are 10,000 patents filed in the UK each year and PSP tenant WITT Energy is thrilled to be 1 of only 60 patents being featured in the campaign!
WITT Energy has patented a transfer module that will harvest all that motion and turn it into a clean source of electrical power. Welcome to the UK, a country that nurtures and encourages imagination. The WITT imagine image (opposite) has been created by the GREAT Britain campaign and represents the 6 degrees of motion.
About WITT Energy
WITT is a novel, patented energy harvesting technology that takes the chaotic motion that is all around us (in everything from water and wind to humans and animals) and turns it into useable power which can be stored and called upon when needed. It can do this across all six degrees of motion and can be built from a few inches to many metres, offering a clean, green energy solution that will change people’s lives especially in developing countries.
The WITT technology was the brainchild of Martin Wickett, a senior civil engineer with expertise in building roads and bridges. At the end of a distinguished career Martin and his wife Mairi moved to France to restore a derelict farmhouse, which gave Martin space for his own workshop. There he pursued his passion for solving difficult engineering problems, starting out by building part of the WITT system for a bike. As seems to be the case with many of the world’s most significant inventions (!), he received little interest at first. Undeterred, Martin stuck with the idea and built the first full-scale WITT model over a period of nine months.
After filing the patent Martin and Mairi started the networking process, eventually securing an award to work with the University of Glasgow School of Mechanical Engineering, followed by several larger Innovate UK awards. From there they’ve gone from strength to strength, recently beating thousands of other candidates to the General Dynamic Gulfstream award in Savannah USA and triumphing at ‘Pitch at the Palace’ hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales.
So what does WITT actually stand for you may ask?
Well, Mairi calls it the “What Is That Thing?!” but you wouldn’t be wrong if you also thought it meant: “Whatever Input to Torsion Transfer.”
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