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A portable micro wind turbine, made of 3D printed parts producing renewable and clean 5 volt USB power for you and those in need!
A portable micro wind turbine, made of 3D printed parts producing renewable and clean 5 volt USB power for you and those in need!
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A portable micro wind turbine, made of 3D printed parts producing renewable and clean 5 volt USB power for you and those in need.

By utilizing 3D printing technology, the most intricate parts of the turbine can be readily printed and accurately replicated, greatly reducing the time and cost associated with production. Print time for the ten necessary 3D printed parts is approximately 120 minutes.

For those who live with electricity on a daily basis, the micro turbine’s 200 mm (8 inch) diameter carrying case and you to take it with you on camping and hiking trips for setup in under 2 minutes. Feedback from beta testers of the first prototypes has opened our eyes to the ideas others have come up with. What will you use a micro turbine for?

 Designed to power USB devices in low wind speeds, this turbine begins making power at 2.5 m/s, reaching full 5 Watt charge at 5.5 m/s. Each micro wind turbine includes a battery pack with USB outlet for charging of cell phones, flashlights, tablets, GPS, cameras, etc. You can increase your storage capacity by using your own inexpensive USB battery packs.

 MODULAR DESIGN

When more power is needed, such as for an off-grid dwelling, a series of micro turbines can be connected into an array for increased power output. These turbine arrays can power standard off-grid 12 volt batteries for powering of cottages, off-grid schools, agriculture and industry. Power from this micro turbine is easily combined with solar, hydro and other energy sources.

OUR STORY

The story of RMRDTECH: Rapid Manufacture Rapid Deployment Technologies started 7 years ago with a simple thought: If we can design and construct a wind turbine with recycled parts and a bit of new material, people around the world can use the design to generate their own power.  

And that is what we did.  

From 2010 to 2012, living in rural communities in the Central American countries of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, we designed a wind turbine made from a recycled wheel hub, imported magnets, used boat sails, and locally sourced wood. This was the creation of our first community charging station, created in the village of Venecia, Nicaragua. Over 1500 cell phones and flashlights were charged between 2010 and 2012

Risks and challenges

By utilizing 3D Printing as our base manufacturing technique, we are able to ensure the production demand for our Kickstarter Backers can be met. A significant challenge we will face is the possibility of extremely high order volume. Based on demand, certain components may be transitioned to a larger-volume manufacturing technique for our local production of turbines. Components for all turbine designs will have the ability to be 3D Printed.

Another significant challenge will be managing the sustained growth of the company. Time resources will need to be assessed and controlled to ensure the founder's remain true to their focus of development and implementation of new sustainable technologies, which are currently underway. We have begun establishing a team of talented and passionate individuals whom give us the confidence that we can turn this idea into a reality.

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About $0.84

    All Access Kickstarter Pass

    A sincere thank you for helping to bring the Rural Deployment Initiative from concept to reality!!! And access to our regular updates!

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    Rural Electrification Newsletter

    Donate at this level and receive our monthly newsletter containing an overview of current rural electrification projects and photos of turbines in action around the world. The newsletter will contain unique content on our efforts not available on our website.

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    Open Source Design Prints

    Donate at this level and receive the 3D print files for our current RMRD 2.0 Small Wind Turbine for a Big Difference long before they are released to the public. You will also receive our Rural Electrification Newsletter

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    First Hour Special

    Be the absolute first to receive the RMRD 2.0 Small Wind Turbine for a Big Difference complete with a Lithium Polymer battery pack, tower and carrying case.

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    ****MAKER'S KIT***

    Full Turbine kit with everything you need to make your own RMRD 2.0 wind turbine.
    This is a great option for those who want to save on shipping and would enjoy building their own turbine.

    Full assembly instructions / operations manual included

    Also includes .STL and 3D model files as well as rural electrification newsletter

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    ****MAKER'S KIT***

    Full Turbine kit with everything you need to make your own RMRD 2.0 wind turbine.
    This is a great option for those who want to save on shipping and would enjoy building their own turbine.

    Full assembly instructions / operations manual included

    Also includes .STL and 3D model files as well as rural electrification newsletter

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    Second Hour Special

    Receive the RMRD 2.0 Small Wind Turbine for a Big Difference complete with a Lithium Polymer battery pack, tower and carrying case.

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    RMRD 2.0 - Optimized for shipping

    Receive the RMRD 2.0 Small Wind Turbine for a Big Difference complete with a Lithium Polymer battery pack, tower and carrying case.

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    Pledge CA$ 279 or more About $233

    DOUBLE UP

    Receive two (2) RMRD 2.0 Small Wind Turbines for a Big Difference to begin creating your own micro-grid system!

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    FOUR TURBINE ARRAY

    Receive four (4) RMRD 2.0 Small Wind Turbines for a Big Difference to begin creating your own micro-grid system!

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    THOSE WHO JUST WANT TO HELP

    Pledge $500 or more to directly support our project and getting electricity to those who need it most. Receive special recognition on our website, a letter from our team, as well as photos and details of the families you have helped

    - Rural electrification newsletter and design prints files also included

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    TEN TURBINE ARRAY

    Receive ten (10) RMRD 2.0 Small Wind Turbines for a Big Difference to begin creating your own micro-grid system!

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    Rural Deployment Initiative Live In Action

    Donate at this level and travel with the RMRDTECH team to Nicaragua to view the Rural Deployment Initiative and Small Wind Turbines for a Big Difference Live in action. Includes accommodations and travel within the country for a week, as well as the adventure of a lifetime!!

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