Portable Wind Turbine Powers Through When Others Fail

Categories: Energy, Mobility

Nils Ferber was tired of having his solar and batteries fail in on long treks... so instead of complaining, he developed a way to charge when everything else fails. 

“I contacted a number of mountaineers, climbers, film-makers, and expedition leaders and asked them questions about their experiences, requirements and typical weather conditions. All of my contacts told me that they are usually using solar panels. But being entirely dependent on sunshine is a huge problem for them, sometimes putting them out of work for several days,” Ferber wrote on the James Dyson Award site. “They were instantly excited about a wind turbine but pointed out that weight, pack size and ease of use would be of greatest importance for them.”

To answer their number one requirement, portability, he built the micro wind turbine to weigh just ovr 2 ponds and folds down to the size of an umbrella. 

When it is correctly installed and set up, the wind turbine can generate up to 5 watts in 11mph wind.  It has an integrated 24 Wh batter pack that works as a buffer between the loads and has the ability to store energy for later use.

According to its creator their are no other wind turbines that hold a candle to this one. Their size, complexity of setup, and weight make them second in comparison. 

The Micro Wind Turbine will debut at Dubai Design Week on October 24 to 29, 2016.

Source: digital trends

Micro Wind Turbine from Nils Ferber on Vimeo.

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