A flatpack wind turbine invented by a 15-year-old Scottish pupil is to help provide power to communities in Kenya.
Douglas Macartney designed the turbine for a competition in 2018. It has been developed into a viable prototype with two additional solar panels by teams of undergraduate engineers from Glasgow Caledonian University.
The device, which can be assembled without any specialist training, is intended to be used to help areas recovering from natural disasters and in rural settlements far from grid connection. The university is working with other partners to bring the turbine to Kenya, where it will help rural communities.
The turbine is intended for use in rural settlements far from grid connection
Macartney, now 19, produced the design when he was a pupil at the Royal High School in Edinburgh. He said: “Ikea built a flatpack refugee