Wind turbine to provide energy to cell phones?

Fiction or reality?

It seems that the bulky cell phone recharger is doomed. Students at the Indian Institute of Technology have just developed a tiny turbine, which is to be attached to cell phones. The miniature turbine can generate 3 to 4 Watts of electricity, which is just enough to keep a mobile going. The gadget is a bit hard to visualize (one keeps thinking of a windmill attached to a cell phone). Still, that's just one of many technologies announced recently that are seriously threatening our good old lithium ion battery.

The IIT group is already talking with industrial partners, interested in commercializing this turbine technology. A start-up company named Konarka has developed plastic solar cells that can be applied to a cell phone's case. The thin film collects solar energy to power up the device, and the company hopes to announce deals with cell phone makers some time this year. Of course, one has to wonder: What if my cell phone's battery runs out at night, when there's no wind?
Online editorial, www.windfair.net
Trevor Sievert, Online Editorial Journalist
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