Small Power Station Could Add Up to a Big Impact

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THE IDEA

  • small portable power station uses a dual-system generator to give you juice when you need it

WHY IT MATTERS

  • it’s a perfect design for emergency or disaster situations
  • and it’s not hard to imagine how it could be useful in “off the grid” scenarios

WHAT’S NEXT

  • a lot of people are talking about how to improve on the basic design
  • potential for commercialization? 

Now this is a good idea: a cheap, do-it-yourself power station. Dual-source, too—wind and solar. Sure, it’s got some limitations. For one, you’ve got to be pretty handy with tools and such. Knowing how to wire a circuit doesn’t hurt either. 

The thing generates power via a 10W wind turbine, while the solar panels are 1.8W each. Both systems are connected to a 12V battery that trickle-charges when either generator is on. Enough to charge batteries, get a smart phone working, turn on emergency lighting, that kind of thing. 

What’s interesting is that the wind turbine is vertical-axis, which has a much lower “cut in speed” (the speed the blades have to be moving before the turbine generates power). In practical terms, that means it generates juice even if you’ve got more of a light breeze than a stiff wind.   

It’s obviously intended for small-group survival-type scenarios. But with a few modifications, the basic design could be useful for “off the grid” situations—an RV, or a small cabin, or a mountaintop skiing or hiking shelter. It sure beats diesel generators in any case.

A lot of people in the survival community have been commenting on how to improve the basic design. And we have to wonder: is there a way to commercialize this? Make it just a little bigger, a little more portable, a little more user-friendly—and thereby expand the potential applications? 

Right now, it’s not on the scale that’s large enough to affect massive change. But here at FuturePlanet, we’re big believers in small, incremental change. You add up all these little changes, and pretty soon you’re gonna make an impact.  

 

GO DEEPER

Wanna build one? This video shows you how. 

Read the full story here: 
http://www.thegoodsurvivalist.com/diy-urban-survival-portable-power-station-with-wind-turbine/

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK?