A pop up power station which filled with helium and raised high into the sky. The device has a wind turbine attached to create energy and it can also be used to increase cellular and 3G reception to mobile phones on the ground.
I think I just found the most amazing smartphone accessory to use in an humanitarian situation. Its waterproof and can be charged by winding the handle on the back.What the?....Job done! I'm glad I moved onto apps! The Crank Case ad below is quite cheesy so prepare yourself! You can contribute to the production of the product via crowdfunding, what an amazing idea: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ampware-keep-your-iphone-charged-forever.
Thanks for this article Toby heheh! Very impressive stuff!
"The technology uses microbes which feed on urine for their own growth and maintenance. The MFC is in effect a system which taps a portion of that biochemical energy used for microbial growth, and converts that directly into electricity - what we are calling urine-tricity or pee power. This technology is about as green as it gets, as we do not need to utilise fossil fuels and we are effectively using a waste product that will be in plentiful supply." (2015 Smithers, The Guardian)
Random acts of kindness. Some really touching pictures of neighbours and residents in New York City sharing power so people can call their family to let then know they are safe. Really impressed!
Using the kinetic movement idea of self winding watch, could this technology be incorporated into an everyday frisbee? The spin of the disc could generate energy and could indicate to the user when it is fully charged.
There must be something in a flat pack IKEA style solar charger. The pack could be part of the OPEN DESIGN network so anyone could contribute to the designs online and everyone could download for free and build it themselves. Additional to this concept is an IKEA style instruction book which is completely visual and contains no words, overcoming language and illiteracy barriers. (this is something Im very interested in)
Trying to think outside the box, here are a few ideas. Just trying to think of concepts which incorporate solar technology into everyday life. I really like the idea of charging a mobile phone on a bicycle dynamo. Im also loving the El solar sombrero.
ALLPOWERS is a light weight portable solar device which folds extremely flat into a folder. They sell a range with varying amounts of solar panels. Their cheapest model at £40 contains 3 small solar panels and can produce 12v creating enough power for an iPad if needed. The most expensive 8 panel model costs £100 and can charge a laptop. All models are water-proof and area extremely robust.
Being energy sufficient during a crisis really interests me as a potential project. Electric devices are reduced to paper weights when there is a no power. Could there be a cost efficient way to create enough power to at least charge a mobile phone.
The attached panels are bit of an over kill but it shows have much more available and cost solar technology is becoming. This kit costs £200 and can create 100w. Most mobile phones require around 5 - 10w to charge. But even so for £200 this could be a life saving tool to have on hand just in case.
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This is an amazing way to charge and power any device in an emergency.
"The Upp, introduced in the U.K. in November, is a hydrogen micro generator that uses replaceable, refillable fuel cartridges to charge an iPhone. With a cartridge attached, the Upp becomes a PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane) fuel cell, which transforms the chemical energy freed during a reaction of hydrogen and oxygen to electrical energy to power an electronic device. Since it's using a chemical reaction to create power, there's an audible clicking noise as the Upp releases water vapor while charging." (MacRumors.com)
The great thing about Upp is charging your device is as quick as it would be on a regular plug socket and there is enough power in each Upp power cell to keep a iPhone going for over a week. Once the cell is spent it can be refilled for around £5. Surely this is an amazing opportunity for organisations to use during emergency situations when power is not available or in areas where solar power is not appropriate. Upp units could be dropped off knowing that devices could be charged for over 1 week. This is with constant use, so in theory one power cell could charge several USB devices and used when needed. Potentially keeping devices going for several weeks at a time with limited usage.
Another great feature about Upp is that the units can hold its charge for over 10 years without power loss! Thats a fantastic emergency tool to have on hand just in case ."The major benefit to the Upp is that its fuel cell cartridges don't lose power over time like traditional batteries, which means they'll be available indefinitely for emergencies. Power on demand with no need to recharge is the most appealing aspect of the Upp -- it could come in handy in a serious emergency situation where no other power source is available because it can sit for over 10 years with no degradation. Intelligent Energy also markets the Upp for off-the-grid outdoor use cases like camping and sailing." (MacRumors.com).
Upp recently launched in Africa as they recognised the importance of this product with humanitarian issues and helping people who live in areas with unreliable power sources.
The only problem with this product it that it needs the hydrogen cell to be charged when it has fully ran out. This cannot be done at home or by the owner, it will need to be filled by authorised supplier. This process is quick and relatively cheap. The success of this business will rely of the infrastructure in place to seamlessly facilitate the recharges.
To read the full article: http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/19/upp-fuel-cell-power-pack-review/