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Electricity from a Candle? Tellurex tPOD1 Charges Innovative Smartphone Battery Pack and Powers Quality LED Lighting(June 12, 2012)
Traverse City, MI (PRWEB) June 12, 2012
Tellurex Corporation is close to reaching its funding goal through Kickstarter.com to complete the design, engineering, and tooling for the tPOD1. Powered using heat from a simple tea candle, the Tellurex tPOD1 (Patent Pending) produces enough electricity to light up a room or charge a compatible battery pack. Soon, users will have the ability to charge their Android or iPhone with the battery pack when an emergency call needs to be placed or a few text messages must get delivered. The company plans to begin production of the tPOD1 in July, 2012.
About the size of a soup can, when the tPOD1 power generator with an attached LED light is placed over a tea candle, the innovative device will light up a campsite within two minutes. The compact, multi-functional power generator is ideal for backpacking, camping, and cabins or for homes experiencing power outages from storms or natural disasters. For families living in the developing world with little or no access to an electrical grid, the tPOD1 will provide safe, non-hazardous light when they need it, on demand - day or night.
The company plans to use the proceeds from its Kickstarter.com campaign to complete the optimization of the tPOD1 design for maximum power output in a variety of conditions and pay for production tooling. Funds will also be used to complete the development of the innovative low voltage battery pack that is matched to the tPOD1's output.
The battery pack will provide basic charge to devices such as Android phones, the iPhone and GPS. The compatible back-up battery will allow the user to place cell phone calls, use text messaging and obtain GPS signal use in situations where a traditional power source is not available. The amount of resulting device use-time will be proportional to the available charge time delivered from the tPOD1 to the battery pack.
The tPOD1 is designed around the energy output capabilities of the common tea candle. It uses heat the candle can generate to move enough energy-producing electrons in the thermoelectric semiconductor device. Tea candles are found everywhere in the world. For about $.06 per tea candle, users of the tPOD1 located in Zambia, New York City, or the Australian Outback can have a source of light and power for up to 4 hours, states Rich Harmon, head engineer for the tPOD1 project.
The company is seeking funds to launch the innovative product in industrialized nations and the developing world through a crowd-funding platform facilitated by Kickstarter.com. For avid enthusiasts of alternative power generation technology, please visit the Tellurex Kickstarter.com campaign and consider a pledge today! Pledgers will have until June 22nd, 2012 to support the tPOD1 campaign.
Tellurex Corporation is a Traverse City, Michigan-based pioneering company in thermoelectric applications. The company develops its own products and also collaborates with others to advance thermoelectric technology into medical testing equipment, wireless sensors and a variety of applications in both power generation and thermal management.
The tPOD1 is under the design and engineering direction of Rich Harmon, Director of Engineering at Tellurex Corporation and Rich Hoyle, Principal Engineer at Aligned CAE LLC. tPOD is an acronym trademarked by Tellurex that stands for thermoelectric Power On Demand.
With good support through Kickstarter.com pledges, the new Tellurex tPOD1 will improve the conditions for those in emergency situations, support back-country recreation in a new and convenient way, and improve the living standards, health and productivity of millions of the worlds citizens living in off-grid villages.
For more information, visit tPOD1.
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