Phil Castle, The Business Times
LaVern Williams has lots of ideas — ideas about how to store rainwater, install solar panels in decorative artificial trees and even prevent birds from hitting airliners.
“I’ve got it from the ground to the air. I’ve got it covered,” Williams said.
Now the inventive Grand Junction woman hopes to enlist the assistance of investors to bring her ideas to market.
Williams brings to her creative processes a varied background that’s included education and work in horticulture, mining and art. She’s literally written the book about various types of rainwater storage systems for gardening.
“And I’m an inventor,” she said.
One of her inventions constitutes a variation on various rainwater storage tanks she’s designed and installed over the years. The tanks include a covering triggered by sensors to automatically open to collect rainwater, then close to reduce evaporation.
The stored water could be used for gardening or as a way to douse wildfires in rural areas, Williams said. By installing the tanks on a hill, water pulled by gravity through pipes could run a generator, she said.
Another invention combines solar panels and decorative artificial trees to create a more esthetic way to generate electricity than rows of rooftop panels, Williams said.
Still another invention would help prevent birds from hitting planes, such as the incident that forced an emergency landing of a U.S. Airways flight on the Hudson River in New York.
The system includes images of attacking predatory birds on the fuselage as well as recordings of attacking birds. Protective wire cages over jet engines would keep birds from getting sucked into the engines and causing damage.
A fourth invention Williams calls the “tower of power” collects electricity from the atmosphere.
Williams said all four of her inventions have been patented.
For more information about LaVern Williams’ inventions, call her at 201-1906 or 361-4381.