Orange is using wind-powered technology to give this year's Glastonbury festival goers another way to keep phone battery topped up.
The operator has announced the launch of a freestanding wind-powered mobile phone charging station, which stands at over seven metres in height. It is a self-sufficient unit that supports a wind generator and solar panels and can charge up to 100 mobile phones simultaneously.
Orange believes the Recharge pod will charge thousands of mobile phones over the course of the three-day festival, and claims the energy it generates will be the equivalent of powering a DJ booth for Groove Armada for a marathon 88 hour set!
Hattie Magee, Head of partnerships at Orange UK, said: ‘Mobile phones are an 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.
Glastonbury Festival 2008 takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 27-29 June. For all the latest updates from the field go to www.orange.co.uk/glastonbury