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Published on September 21st, 2015 | by Roy L Hales

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Introducing The First Portable Wind Turbines

September 21st, 2015 by  

Originally published on the ECOreport

The idea of taking your “office” outdoors has just taken on a new meaning, thanks to the manufacturers of the world’s first portable wind turbines.

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Janulus’ Portable Wind Turbines

Janulus’ CEO, Einar Agustsson, carries one around in his backpack.

He and his brother Agust own the Icelandic company Janulus. They started designing portable turbines in 2013, after finding there aren’t any on the market. They named it Trinity, after the shape.

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“We saw so much potential, so many ways a product like this could branch out,” said Agust Agustsson, Vice President of Janulus.

“Renewable energy is close to our heart and we saw a way to do something that we thought was pretty cool,” said Einar.

Smaller Models

Their smallest version is 50 watts, and weighs one and a half pounds. It has a 7,500 milliamp-hour battery (7500 mAh) for the times there is no wind.

“That’s less than one charge for a laptop, but you can charge your cell phone several times,” said Einar.

“People are getting more power hungry when it comes to their smart phones. Trinity is very light weight, so you can carry it with you as a reserve battery wherever you are,” added Agust.

They have sold about 200 of Trinity 50’s first generation.

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You can use the next size, 400 watts, to run small appliances or a portable entertainment system.

“The 1,000 watt wouldn’t power your entire home unless you were very energy conservant, but you can definitely put a big dent in your bill,” said Einar.

It also has an inbuilt grid tie, which allows owners to feed the grid.

Kickstarter For A 2,500 Watt Model

They have just launched their second Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary to buy more machinery to manufacture a 2,500 watt portable turbine.

“That is what this kickstart is for, to get the additional machinery and scale up the operation,” said Einar.

The prototype has already charged a Tesla and they say it can supply enough electricity to service a large cottage.

“When it is closed it is about one meter, or about 3 feet, and when it is opened it is it is about 3.2 meters, or just over 10 feet” said Einar.

“You would want to set it up at the highest possible point, where there is the most clearance (from trees and other obstacles), but can set it up pretty much anywhere. We have designed a mount that you can put on your house.”

This version uses a 300,000 mAh battery, which Agust says would power a laptop all day.

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Einar added that the 2,500 watt model fits into the trunk of a car.

“So if you ran out of electricity somewhere, you would have your own personal power station,” he said.

Follow this link to see their Kickstarter presentation: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/janulus/trinity-portable-wind-turbine-power-station

Photo Credits: Testing a 50 watt version on one of Iceland’s glaciers & the video “Trinity Portable Wind Turbine,” – Courtesy Janulus, Inc


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is the editor of the ECOreport (www.theecoreport.com), a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of North America and writes for both CleanTechnica and Planetsave on Important Media. He is a research junkie who has written over a thousand articles since he was first published in 1982. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.



  • Latimer Alder

    I will take great care to avoid anybody stupid enough to buy one of these.

    Either they have more money than sense or they are so desperate to demonstrate their green credentials that their brains have left their heads.

    Or possibly both.

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  • Foersom

    In the article “This version uses a 300,000 mAh battery, which Agust says would power a laptop all day.”

    What voltage is this battery? Lipo / Li-ion at 1S? 2S? 4S? Without the voltage we do not know how much energy this battery actually stores.

    In the video the home model wind turbine is placed at ground level below treetops and house roofs. That is a very bad location that will produce very little power. In general wind turbines are good and efficient when they are large, like MW size. Small turbines like these are only interesting if they are used in locations with no other access to power, like a cabin far up a mountain or on a sail boat.

    • Brent Jatko

      Agreed.

    • Senlac

      Hey it’s a AD, you know camera angles and such 🙂

    • Riely Rumfort

      I can’t say it would be all that useful but if you find or make a small spot where the wind is channeled it could utilize the small size.
      That’s something frequently overlooked, think about that corner of the parking lot where the wind twists the leaves, that spot in the city where the building guide the flow.. Yes, more constant wind is often aloft, but channeling or finding the outlet of a natural wind whipper has it’s rewards as well.

      • Foersom

        > find or make a small spot where the wind is channeled the small size could be utilized.

        That would only work if that corridor is in the prevailing wind direction and you would loose out on wind from other directions.

        > think about that corner of the parking lot where the wind twists the
        leaves, that spot in the city where the building guide the flow..

        That would not be good, it would be very turbulent wind. What you need is stable strong wind. The wind turbine should be placed high up where it can be in unobstructed wind.

        All these small turbines have terrible power performance and are rather expensive for the energy they make. Much better to spend the same money to invest as part-ownership of a MW sized wind turbine that is professionally maintained.

        • Riely Rumfort

          Guess you’d have to have a mind for aero and fluid dynamics to appropriately absorb my comment.

          • Bob_Wallace

            I’m sort of feeling that you don’t totally understand how wind turbines work….

          • Riely Rumfort

            I do. Vertically placed in vortexes using fluid dynamic air density principles. Do you know how the pyramids worked sir?

          • Bob_Wallace

            Have you watched leaves swirl around a parking lot sir?

          • Bob_Wallace

            Oh, man, I haven’t see anything about hydraulic ram pumps for 20 years or more. I took me a while to remember what they are called.

            I tried setting up my water supply with one but the flow was too seasonal.

  • GCO

    Interesting folding design, although it looks quite fragile. Also, from the very scant data available on the Kickstarter page, it seems that it actually produces little power:

    Trinity 400 makes 30’000 mA⋅h in 3-4 hours if the wind is 10 MPH.

    That’s about 110 W⋅h total. Divide that by 3 or 4 hours, and, under the conditions described, the “400 W” turbine only averages 28 to 37 W.

    No they haven’t “charged a Tesla” with it — it would have taken months.

    • zzzt !

      Please re-read. The Tesla was charged from the 2,500 W prototype.

      • GCO

        Sorry, I thought this was obvious, as 400 W is too low for any J1772-compliant PEV anyway (the standard specifies a minimum current of 6 A).

        My point was that, from the makers’ own data, those turbines generate way too little power to charge a car. (even assuming a ~200 W average for the largest turbine, we’re about 3x slower than walking).

    • Joseph Dubeau

      You could power a flash light.

      • Latimer Alder

        Wow. Why not just tale a spare battery? Lighter, more portable and works every time.

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