The PowerPod is a 1 kW wind turbine designed specifically for urban and residential environments. It increases wind speed and focuses it on an advanced blade system.
The advanced blade is contained entirely within the stationary shell, making it safe for kids, pets, and wildlife.
The effect is drastically increased power vs a regular wind turbine in the same environment.
A 40% increase in wind speed creates the potential for about 3x more power vs a regular turbine.
More Power, More of the Time
Another effect is that it lowers a turbine's activation speed, the minimum wind speed required to turn the turbine fast enough to generate power.
In most places, the average wind speed is just enough to barely start moving a regular turbine, which means they generate hardly any electricity, on average.
The increased wind speed of the PowerPod means that the PowerPod is generating significant amounts of electricity at any given time when a regular turbine is barely spinning at all.
This means more power, more often.
No External Moving Parts
Airflow is collected by the exterior of the pod and focused on an advanced circular blade. The blade is contained entirely within the pod, making it safe for kids, pets, and wildlife.
Showing internal blade spinning in red area from graphic above.
Blade spinning inside with top removed.
The external shell does not move - it is fixed in place. Because of its shape, it can take wind from any direction, changing directions, or even multiple directions at once.
When regular turbines are in such conditions they can shatter - throwing blades at high speeds.
Standalone or Part of a System
The PowerPod can be used by itself, hooking into a power system the same way solar panels would be, requiring the same type of equipment.
If you already have a solar system, the PowerPod is designed to connect seamlessly into an existing system to provide an additional, diversified source of power.
Finally, the PowerPod is a great addition to an off-grid, energy independent system to diversify away from reliance on sunny days.
For places that get less than 300 days of sun a year, a PowerPod could produce more power, for less money than solar panels.
PowerPod vs Solar
In places that get less than 300 days of sun a year, the PowerPod can often generate equal or greater power than a comparable solar system.
Below is a map showing the average daily power generated from a 1 kW PowerPod vs a 1 kW solar system.
With a 25-year limited warranty, your PowerPod is guaranteed to last the duration of the rest of your solar system.
3 Color Options, +2 with Stretch Goal
The planned colors are groovy green, pitch black, and carbon grey. One is designed for people who want to make a statement. The other two are designed to blend into the background.
Two additional colors, midnight blue and terracotta, are planned if we reach our Kickstarter stretch goal of $1 million USD.
More Places to Use
Increasing wind speed also reduces the need to put the PowerPod on tall poles, which are expensive to mount and take a lot of space if guy-wires are required. They're also ugly, in our opinion.
The PowerPod comes ready to install almost anywhere, with a simple bolt-on base and a plug-and-play connection which will allow the PowerPod to be permanently secured or instantly removable with no tools required.
The PowerPod can be permanently fixed on to rooftops, fences, public buildings, campers, sailboat tops, and any secure surface.
Once the base is secured, the PowerPod can then be just dropped into the base, which will self-connect to the base unit's wires without any additional tools.
Then, it can either be permanently fixed or temporarily secured (like on the top of a parked RV) with no additional tools. It can even be padlocked if security is a concern. If temporarily fixed, it can be easily removed and stowed as needed.
A Global Solution
Our goal is to produce PowerPods locally, with local manufacturing and materials, wherever possible.
European PowerPods will be made in the EU, American PowerPods will be made in the USA, Indian PowerPods in India, and so on.
Our goal is to use the PowerPod to support the local markets and jobs of the people who are using them to help us make the world a better place.
Why We're Raising Funds
Right now, our turbine is a 3D printed model consisting of over 800 individually printed parts, wooden supports, and no small amount of duct tape! It works great. But, no one wants to assemble 800 pieces from a 3D printer!
So, we're raising funds to turn our super-duper prototype into a product that can be produced and shipped to people like you - without the need for duct tape.
You can support our project by donating, picking up some super awesome swag, or becoming one of the first people in the world to own a finished PowerPod.