Tree-Shaped Wind Turbines Blend Into the Scenery

Tree-Shaped Wind Turbines2Some people complain that solar panels and wind turbines are so unattractive, they’d prefer not to see them at all.

To them we offer New Wind, alternative energy generators that look like trees. The 36-foot-tall steel structure is perfect for urban environments, where a conventional wind turbine might not fit.

Seventy-two artificial leaves that work as micro-turbines adorn the branches and spin silently on a vertical axis. Cables and generators have been integrated into the leaves and branches in a way that puts them out of sight and sound.

The beautiful and functional device is the brainchild of French entrepreneur Jérôme Michaud-Larivière, who said the idea for a tree-inspired wind generator came to him one day while sitting in a square, watching the leaves on nearby trees tremble in a breeze. He wondered if energy could be generated in a similar way.

Indeed, it can. At the moment, each tree has a power output estimated at 3.1 kW.

Michaud-Larivière will be showing off the latest incarnation of his invention at the Paris Place de Concorde in May 2015.

source: http://news.discovery.com/tech/alternative-power-sources/tree-shaped-wind-turbines-blend-into-the-scenery-141230.htm





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