In recent years Orange released the ‘Orange Power Wellies’, an exciting eco friendly idea that allows mobile phone to be charged from a pair of wellies that generate power by walking and dancing. This is an ideal invention for festival goers, though the idea is still taking off amongst the festival community.
The Orange Power Wellies, created in partnership with renewable energy experts GotWind, have created a unique sole which generates power that converts heat generated from your feet into an electrical current that can be utilised. This is known by the creators as ‘welectricity’ and it can then be used to charge a mobile phone. Orange have already promoted this at the Glastonbury festival in 2010 for the first time and have been gathering momentum on promotions ever since.
Walking for twelve hours of through a festival in Orange Power Wellies would then give you enough power to charge a mobile phone for one hour. This charge time can be increased by dancing, running or jumping because generally the hotter your feet get, the more energy you produce in the wellies for a charge. This would go down well with festival goers who are accustomed to standing at mobile phone charging stands for lengths of time to get extra battery life throughout festivals
How it works. After a long day of festival walking or dancing you can plug your phone into the power output at the top of the welly and then use any energy that has been generated throughout the day to charge your mobile phone. The power collected in the sole is all collected using a process known as the ‘Seebeck’ effect. In this power generating sole there are thermoelectric modules constructed with thin ceramic wafers. When heat from the feet is applied on to the top side of a ceramic wafer and cold is applied on the opposite side, from the ground, electricity is then generated.
Many welly manufacturers are keeping a close eye on these products, if they were to really soar in sales then big brands such as Tayberry, Aigle and Hunter wellies could see great profits in the summer months.
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