What the great outdoors offers in tranquility, it lacks in electrical outlets. Blue Freedom wants to solve this modern day dilemma with the “the world’s smallest hydropower plant,” which promises to offer renewable energy through flowing water.
Measuring just 7.87 inches in diameter and weighing in at 0.88 pounds, Blue Freedom is a 3-D printed, micro energy turbine that converts fluent water’s kinetic energy into stored energy.
According to Blue Freedom, the turbine can generate five watts of energy with an output of one ampere — or enough energy to power a standard smartphone for ten hours from a one-hour recharge. Blue Freedom can power any product that comes with a rechargeable battery though the degree of charge depends on each devices energy demands.
Power is transmitted through an integrated micro USB plug, which can connect to a solar panel for added juice when fluent water is unavailable. The turbine is necessarily waterproof. However, the circular casing, which can be looped onto tree limbs or stakes for hands-free stability, is splash proof for the time being.
The company claims its ultimate goal goes well beyond powering personal devices.
“The vision behind the creation of Blue Freedom is to give people who have no access to the power grid the freedom to produce energy themselves … Support our team so that we can make Blue Freedom a reality and ensure that everyone who needs it gets the freedom of producing his own blue energy,” they say on their Kickstarter page.
Blue Freedom’s Kickstarter campaign has reached its $100,000 funding goal but still has plenty of pledges available. Regular retail price for the device will be $319. Most pledges offer early bird and high-quantity discounts so sign up soon if you’re equally bound to your gadgets and the great outdoors.
Learn more about Blue Freedom at their Kickstarter page and in the video below: