Orange has announced the launch of a seven metre freestanding wind powered mobile phone charging station at this month’s Glastonbury Festival.
The ‘REcharge Pod’ is a self sufficient unit that supports a wind generator and solar panels and can charge up to 100 mobile phones simultaneously. It is estimated that the Orange REcharge pod will charge thousands of mobile phones over the course of the three day festival.
Working with renewable energy experts GotWind, the REcharge Pod is an evolution of the Orange portable wind charger, tested at last year’s Glastonbury Festival. The REcharge Pod will act as a trial in using renewable energy sources on a larger scale, with a view to ultimately powering other elements at future Glastonbury Festivals.
Orange UK head of partnerships Hattie Magee said: "It is more important than ever that we continue to innovate and demonstrate how mobile technology can help bring people together and make festival life a little bit easier, whilst in-keeping with the traditions of the Glastonbury Festival.
"Mobiles phones are essential tool for festival survival and with an expected capacity of over 175,000 people spread across a sprawling 900 acres of farmland, keeping in touch with mates around the site, especially when you are covered head to toe in mud, is made that much easier if your phone has battery power.”
The REcharge Pod will be stationed within the Pennard Hill camping grounds at Glastonbury and will be a free service allowing all festival goers to charge their mobile phones throughout the weekend.