Wind trees bloom in France [video]
Observing leaves fluttering on a seemingly windless day, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière wondered if wind power really required a turbine or could be harnessed with something more subtle.
That was the birth of the Parisian startup New Wind that foresees these colorful wind trees greening urban and residential areas using the breeze.
According to The Daily Mail:
The 26-ft.(8 metre) trees are fitted with 63 aeroleaves. Each one uses tiny blades inside the ‘leaves’ and can generate electricity in wind speeds as low as 4.5mph (7km/h), and regardless of the wind’s direction.
A light breeze is classified as having a wind speed of between 4 mph and 7 mph on the Beaufort Scale.
The trees are make less noise than the birds that might try and roost in them and could supply more than eighty percent of a typical home’s electricity in a year.
Perhaps it’s true, the answers are blowing in the wind.
Nature-inspired alternative energy.
Graphics credit: CanvaPosted by Kate Rinsema