The turbine stands two-and-a-half metres tall. Made of recyclable carbon fibre, it weighs just nine kilogrammes, making it easy to transport and install. The fully-charged battery can hold a kilowatt of electricity, enough to run two lamps and a fan for around 40 hours. The idea is that this could be a source of electricity for rural communities in developing countries, or could power traffic lights or road signs in urban areas.
Dundee City Council is the first local authority to allow Muneer’s company, Capture Mobility, to test the turbine beside its roads. “Reusing our energy is so important,” says Neil Gellatly, head of roads and transportation for Dundee City Council. “We want to help engineers create something inventive which is also beneficial for the city.”
Capture Mobility moved to Scotland from Pakistan in 2015 under the global entrepreneur programme of the government body, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). The Scottish government is investing in cleaner-energy technologies. Wind is also strong and plentiful all year round. This made it a good location for Muneer’s company.
The Capture Mobility team consists of Asad Liaquat, a friend of Muneer’s since university days in Islamabad, Pakistan, when they were both studying electrical engineering; and Muneer’s sister, Sidra, who has a Master of Business Administration degree.