Published on September 21st, 2015 | by Roy L Hales17
Introducing The First Portable Wind Turbines
September 21st, 2015 by Roy L Hales
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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