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Wind Turbines: Novel, Clean Energy Device Developed By Icelandic Brothers

Sep 24, 2015 12:06 PM EDT
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Trinity, a new lightweight portable wind turbine developed by two Iceland brothers generates enough power for multiple phone charges. From camping trips to at-home installations, this new technology provides another method for people to "go green."

"We've set up our own factory and assembly in Iceland so we can manufacture and assemble the complete product to better control quality," Einar Agustsson, founder of Trinity, said.

This is the world's first truly portable wind turbine and their design holds the potential to significantly reduce the cost and hassle of harvesting wind energy. The two brothers, Einar and Agust Agustsson, were inspired to make clean energy accessible to everyone after having grown up with the privilege themselves.

The wind turbines come in four different sizes. The Trinity 50 model weighs 1.4 pounds and can fit in your backpack. After a single charge, its 50-watt battery can provide power to one's cell phone three or four times over.

The wind turbine itself can generate power in winds as low as four mph, according to the company. With changing wind speeds the Trinity wind turbines are designed to switch along either a vertical or horizontal axis to harvest the most wind.

Additional larger Trinity models can provide power outputs of 400, 1,000 and 2.500 watts, with overall size and weight increasing respectively. They hope to develop larger models in the future and just started another Kickstarter campaign, which recently reached its goal of $50,000.

Single items such as a TV, computer or an electrical car can be directly plugged into a Trinity turbine. However, you can also plug the turbine into a wall socket to provide power to other wall units of your house.

To make using the Trinity turbines easier, the company developed a smartphone app that allows users to turn the system on and off, and breaks down how much energy the turbine generates each day, according to Digital Trends.

A video describing the Trinity models can be found online, courtesy of YouTube. 

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