Local Kickstarter Launches For World’s First Portable Wind Turbine
Two brothers, Einar and Agust Agustsson, of Clarkfield re-introduced their Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Power Station to Kickstarter on Monday to rapid success.
At the time of publication, their portable wind turbine Kickstarter has raised more than $30,000 out of its $50,000 goal. The more than 60 percent in backing is an impressive opening to a campaign that is less than a day old.
The first prototype of the Trinity wind turbine launched in December 2013 and garnered just over $75,000 from funders. It remained small in scale with a focus to charge smartphones and tablets while outdoors or on-the-go.
While the size and function of the introductory model have persisted, there are now four total units being offered which range in size by wattage generation. The smallest turbine, the Trinity 50, stores 50 watts and can recharge a smartphone three to four times from a single charge of the wind turbine’s battery. Larger models, like the Trinity 1,000 or Trinity 2,500, hold the potential to cut electricity costs for homes and become personal charging stations for electric cars.
The Agustsson brothers are touting their project to be the world’s first portable wind turbine. As part of its portability, Trinity can also be manually shifted between blade settings to maximize energy gain based on low or high wind speeds.
The Trinity headquarters is located in the Agustsson brothers’ birthplace of Iceland, yet they are maintaining a distribution center in Minnesota.
UPDATE: After only two days on Kickstarter, the Trinity project was fully funded and is nearing the 100th backer mark. As thanks to its supporters, the team behind the Trinity project extended its early bird offerings with more than a month remaining on its Kickstarter campaign.