Sep 23, 2015 | By Kira

Born and raised in Iceland, surrounded by icy deep blue waters, majestic mountains and fjords, and an endless supply of fresh air and clean, wind-generated energy, brothers Einar and Agust Agustsson were both inspired and determined to share the benefits of clean energy with the rest of the world. To that end, their Minnesota-based company Janulus has just launched the Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Power Station on Kickstarter, an incredibly powerful and portable system capable of producing power for everything from your smartphone to your entire house and car. Thanks to the innovative engineering of their 3D printed prototypes, the Kickstarter campaign has passed its $50,000 goal, and the Trinity is well on its way to transforming how we generate clean energy.

The Trinity series includes four different sizes to solve all your power needs, ranging from the Trinity 50 to the Trinity 2500, all of which can generate energy with winds as low as 4 mph. The 50, as the name implies, generates up to 50 watts of electricity, weighs only 1.4 pounds, and can charge a smartphone 3-4 times just with the battery that’s included. The most powerful model provides 2500 watts of electricity, and comes with a grid tie inverter so that it can be easily synchronized to the power supply system of your home or RV, dramatically reducing energy bills.

Named after its three sturdy legs and wind-slicing blades, the Trinity is 3D printed from strong and durable plastic material. It is also remarkably lightweight, easy to set-up, and portable—the entire system can be efficiently rolled up, popped into your car trunk, and installed without the help of an electrician—making it a truly portable and user-friendly wind turbine.

The Janulus team, with founder and CEO Einar and VP Agust at the helm, has carefully developed every single feature of the Trinity series. “Our core competence lies in the clean energy technology,” they said. “We have been developing, testing, and improving Trinity since 2013.” This extensive development phase has led to a series of flawlessly operational 3D printed Trinity prototypes and its 2014 predecessor, which launched successfully thanks to Kickstarter and is already being shipped to consumers.

With the success of the current campaign, the team will be bringing the series of four Trinity turbines from prototype to mass production. After searching for satisfactory manufacturing options in the USA and China, they have finally settled on opening their own manufacturing facility in Iceland to better control quality. 

Each Trinity Wind Turbine comes with a powerful Li-ion battery, two blade settings to fully harness the power of the wind, detachable USB plugs, and a smartphone app that allows you to control the blades, view recommended-set up options depending on wind speeds, and track energy generation and historical data. The Trinity 50 is currently available for only $369 for the first batch, and prices go up to $5,999 for the most powerful models. They expect to ship the final products as early as April 2016.

Whether you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, lower your energy bills or are just frustrated with always having to find an outlet to charge your phone, there is a Trinity Portable Wind Turbine solution for you. Not only was 3D printing technology able to help deliver flawless prototypes and manufacturing solutions, it is also leading the way for democratized and DIY clean energy solutions.



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