As a final year design student at the University of Derby in England, Paul Smith designed a bike trailer that doubles as a generator. “It’s a pure concept in sustainable transport” explains Paul. The trailer concept, called Navitas, is the first to create its own renewable energy. The rear wheel splits 3 ways to become a vertical axis turbine. In addition to the wind power, a compact solar panel helps to provide a charge to the onboard 24V battery “It’s purely for the cyclist adventurer who likes to pedal around the country but also likes a bit of creature comfort,” says Paul.
Read the text on Paul’s poster to find out more about the Navitas concept. Over the course of the last few months, Paul has sent me a few different iterations of his design, so I can attest to the fact that he put a lot of work went into this. I think his final design turned out quite nice. Incidentally, Paul just recently graduated from the University of Derby and won a place to go to New Designers 2007 in London this July. Congratulations Paul and thanks for sharing your design.