A Canadian startup has developed a small-scale, portable wind turbine that can be brought anywhere and be used to charge electronic devices off the grid.
Called the Shine Turbine Wind Charger, the 40-watt turbine works the same way as the massive wind turbines that dot the countryside. The difference comes down to the size and weight. According to Halifax-based company Aurea Technologies, its three-pound turbine is as lightweight as a small toaster and is small enough to fit in the side pocket of a hiking backpack.
It is equipped with three 23-inch-long collapsible blades, as well as a mount, pegs and reflective guy-wires stored inside it. When folded, the turbine looks like an elongated pigskin and measures nearly 14 inches long and almost four inches wide.
Before use, the mount should be removed from inside the turbine and stretched out to its full three-foot length. The turbine is then installed on the mount and stabilized using the other accessories. Once the blades start spinning, the five-voltage batteries inside the turbine begins charging. To charge electronics, a USB cord is connected into both the electronic device and the turbine.
Aurea told Clean Technica that the technology is perfect for individuals looking to charge their phone, electric stove, headlamp and other devices off-grid. The firm claims that its wind turbine can collect an amount of energy equivalent to three fully charged phones in as little as an hour. At that rate, the turbine generates electricity faster than any other portable device that harvests renewable energy, the company says. (Related: Some uncommon ways to generate electricity for your homestead.)
Creators of Shine say they were inspired to make a portable wind turbine because few people have direct access to wind power. “As a team of outdoor enthusiasts with backgrounds in science and engineering, we set out to create a wind power product that gives users the freedom to produce their own clean energy day or night, rain, cloud or shine,” said Rachel Carr, Shine co-creator and Aurea’s chief marketing officer.
The Shine wind turbine charger was launched online on Tuesday, June 8, and was priced $240 for early birds.