nils ferber's micro wind turbine charges your portable devices in remote locations

nils ferber's micro wind turbine charges your portable devices in remote locations


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.

mirco wind turbine nils ferber designboom
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.’

 mirco wind turbine nils ferber designboom



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.  

mirco wind turbine nils ferber designboom
the structure is easily assembled

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

mirco wind turbine nils ferber designboom









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.




designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: hollie smith | designboom

  • You will have considered a combinaton with the bottlelight?

    Dirk16 says:
  • Hello, friends. Portable computers are computers that can be hand-held, used on a lap, or worn in a pocket, belt, or the like, such as Personal digital assistants (PDAs). PDAs are almost always worn (pocket or belt) when not in use, but some are also usable when worn. Is it true? Regarding this, i have read one article which was really good and lot of information also there once you guys also take a look on it and give me your feedback -

    afiza says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

technology news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
504,285 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine