the ‘micro wind turbine’ is a compact, lightweight, portable charging device, designed by student nils ferber, at the école cantonale d’art de lausanne (ECAL) in switzerland. the device which weighs less than one kilogram, operates day and night, and can be folded down to the size of a trekking pole.

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the ‘micro wind turbine’ is a compact, lightweight, portable charging device 




after repeatedly running out of batteries during long trekking tours, nils feber wondered how professional adventurers dealt with the situation. this led him to contact a number of mountaineers, climbers, film-makers and expedition leaders to ask them questions about their experiences, requirements and the typical weather conditions that they had endured in remote locations. feber says that ‘all of them told me they use solar panels to recharge, but being entirely dependent on sunshine is a huge problem – sometimes putting them out of work for several days.’

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the ‘micro wind turbine’ provides the perfect solution to these problems and has already received an overwhelming positive response from professional trekkers. the device is 40% lighter than its closest competitor and packages in a bigger rotor, enabling a high output even at low wind speeds. a prototype has already been constructed and will be presented at the global grad show during dubai design week from the 24th to the 29th of october 2016.  

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the structure is easily assembled

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the ‘micro wind turbine’ allows you to charge your portable USB devices far from civilization 

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about dubai design week


the establishment of the dubai design week provides a platform for international design weeks to bring established and emerging brands to a new audience. dubai design week will also provide an opportunity for the MENASA countries to demonstrate their design talent within the dubai design district (D3), for ground-breaking installations to highlight many of the iconic buildings and locations within dubai and to promote design education through a program of talks, discussions and workshops.


about the dubai design district (D3)


dubai design district (D3) is dedicated to fostering the growth of the emirate’s design, fashion, art, and luxury industry. it offers businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals a creative community that will be at the very heart of the region’s design scene. D3 is a purpose built environment catering to the full value chain of the design, fashion and luxury industry, all with the vision of creating a world class creative community that engages, nurtures and promotes local, regional and global design talent.




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edited by: hollie smith | designboom