REVOLVER, A FROG DESIGNED PORTABLE AND POCKETABLE WIND TURBINE WINS GERMAN FEDERAL ECODESIGN AWARD
Revolver, a small portable, and pocketable wind turbine that can be used off the grid to charge personal electronics, has been announced as one of the 12 winners of the 2013 Bundespreis Ecodesign or German Federal Ecodesign Award at the organizing Bundesumweltministerium in Berlin yesterday.
Transported in a slender tube, Revolver is easily set up. When compressed, the outer layer blossoms into 4 curved blades, revealing a lower assembly of a tripod base. Spikes on the tips anchor Revolver to the ground during high winds. It can generate up to 35 watts of power, enough to keep a laptop charged, a lantern lit or power a phone, camera or other mobile device. In their search for a source to create Personal Power – mobile, unconnected power that can be gathered for free from renewable resources- the designers opted for wind power because, unlike solar and hydro, it is everywhere readily available and is not limited to the day, night or geographic location. Embracing a future beyond toxic back-up batteries and fossil fuel-generated power, Revolver is engineered to harness the greatest amount of wind power with the smallest footprint, in a highly portable configuration.
Designed by Paul Bradley, David Gustafson, Jonas Damon, Jineseok Hwang, Ryan Wickre and Brian Wasson at Frog Design, and already a 2012 BraunPrize winner, the device now also is one of the 12 winners of the 2013 edition of the German Federal Ecodesign Award, a competition that was launched by the Federal Environment Ministry and Agency in collaboration with IDZ The International Design Center Berlin, to bring the potential of ecodesign more strongly into the public eye, as well as to encourage innovation in this area. Other prize-winners included the Solarkiosk by Graft, Startklar by Esther Bätschmann, and the Metro-Platform Inspiro by Siemens. Some will be highlighted on these pages in the days to come. (mb)http://www.bundespreis-ecodesign.de/