Gallery: Mobile Wind Turbine Could Provide Portable Power On-Call

 

The problem with wind farms is that they’re stuck wherever they’ve been stationed. Granted, they’ve been installed in areas that benefit from high wind activity, but what if you had a portable wind farm that could follow you wherever you needed power? Enter the Mobile Wind Turbine, designed by Pope Design!

The Mobile Wind Turbine has the potential to solve energy issues wherever they might arise, as long as there is a strong wind blowing. Consider it – be it a rock concert, a disaster relief mission or even a military operation – power is going to be needed and rather than using finite resources, what better way to offset any unfriendly eco-impact than to use the wind around you to diversify or completely power your energy needs?

Situated on the back of a hybrid carrier – that also uses electricity generated by the turbines to run – the Mobile Wind Turbine can be transported to any area to harness the wind. And should the wind drop or the vehicle’s batteries completely drain, a diesel generator will kick in to ensure that it’s not completely stranded.

An ingenious design that also kind of resembles the rescue vehicle from Thunderbirds, the unit’s self-erecting two-piece wind turbine tower can be easily raised to provide power when needed. The concept works very much like a pair of scissors, but powered by hydraulics on the vehicle’s base. Once the tower made from a light-weight thermoplastic is raised, the main vehicle braces itself with supporting legs, making for a stable power source to meet any need.

But, why stop at just one vehicle? With a fleet of them the possibilities are endless.

+ Pope Design

via Ecofriend

Images © from Pope Design

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  1. AllForTheGreen October 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    K, to be honest, this is extremely inefficient.. You’re getting maybe a handful of sporadic kilowatts? K.. You can do that with a traditional generator (Without having to utilize something the size of a semi, or find a constant wind alley) in a package the size of a car trunk. You could spruce up that approach by simply using a friendly fuel like ethanol or bio diesel, etc.

    A truck full of deployable solar panels is even an option. This much effort and resources to deliver a single temporary window turbine.. no. You could build 5-10 permanent turbines for the cost of this rig, easily.

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