No more oil! No more oil! No more oil!
Clean, renewable energy sources are on the minds of many people. With oil, coal and gas being so ingratiated into the system and only some 40 years to wean off it, we'll need to start small. Omni3D, a Polish 3D-printing manufacturer is launching a Kickstarter for AirEnergy 3D, a portable, small, open source 3D-printed wind turbine.
Backpack full of green power
AirEnergy 3D is foldable and small enough to carry in a backpack. Assembly of the turbine is also simple enough that it needs no power tools to set it up. Once it's running, the turbine can generate up to 300 watts of power and it's designed to run anywhere. It can find a home on your rooftop, the balcony, the lawn, your backyard or you could bring it with you camping or hiking. Like the solar panels, you have the option of using the energy on the spot or storing it in a battery for later use.
The assembly kit features parts that are mostly 3D printable. The basic kit comes with downloadable and editable 3D models of all the parts that are printable – while including the essential parts that can't be 3D printed. Of course, assembly instructions are also included.
Once set up, a USB extension cord enables it to power smartphones and other USB devices directly. It could also be plugged directly into a wall socket to power the whole house. You may also charge and store wind power into a battery here for later consumption.
Clean energy generally follows clean and open business – the creators have made the generator open source to ensure it reaches as many people as possible; people who may need clean energy or people who just need energy to begin with. For every £2500 pounds pledged, the company will send a fully-functioning pre-printed AirEnergy 3D to an African village.
The Kickstarter has raised more than half of its £19,000 goal. Each kit is selling for £290 with about £50 for shipping outside the UK and will sell for about £350 retail.
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