Production costs remain the company’s biggest challenge. The turbines must be affordable in developing countries, but achieving this will depend on reaching commercial scale.

Capture Mobility is now working with academics from the University of Edinburgh to analyse data from the turbine.

Later this year, the company plans to send the next stage of the design to the manufacturers who built the prototype. “I am passionate about engineering,” Muneer says. “But engineering is only a success if it improves lives.”

Story by Sarah Kempe

Capture Mobility was a 2015 winner in the Shell LiveWIRE programme, which awards start-up grants for innovative ideas for sustainable living.

The company was also named as one of the top 20 global innovative businesses by Falling Walls Foundation in Berlin, which recognises breakthroughs in science and society. Capture Mobility’s turbine won the UN Clean Energy Award in 2014.