Success Story



2014/15 David McFadden Entrepreneur Challenge winner Kyle Bassett accepting his award at Discovery 2015.

University of Windsor PhD candidate Kyle Bassett won $25,000 in the 2014/2015 David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge for his portable wind turbine that allows remote communities to produce energy easily, reliably and at a low cost.

Bassett’s design uses 3D-printed components that can be shipped compactly, or printed on site, and installed in minutes. The turbines can power low-voltage electronics such as cell phones and flashlights. They have already made a big difference in the lives of residents in Nicaragua as well as the remote community of Wekweèti, Northwest Territories.

Bassett founded RMRD TECH to commercialize the turbine. The award helped expand the team and purchase a 3D printer. Bassett will manufacture and donate 50 wind turbines to rural villages. RMRD has partnered with MatterHackers, a large online retailer of 3D printers and filament in the U.S., to sponsor the journey.

Return on Innovation

  • Raised $45,575 during a successful Kickstarter campaign in May 2015
  • Currently manufacturing first production run of 300 turbines

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