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Tree-shaped Wind-turbines Shows Biomimicry at its Best

Tree-shaped Wind-turbines Shows Biomimicry at its Best | Social Foraging | Scoop.it

"... a French company called NewWind has been developing aesthetically pleasing, tree-shaped turbines meant to run silently within cities, at ground level. The innovation is simple named “L’Arbre à Vent” or in English “The Wind Tree”. The tree features 72 artificial leaves where each leave is a small turbine that rotates around a vertically directed axis. The leaves are very light-weight, which means that they can generate power from very small amounts of wind. Actually it takes nothing more than 4.4 mph (2 meters/second) of wind for them to function, and this is amount of wind is equal to a gentle breeze."

 

Photo: Michaud LARIVIERE, http://www.cite-telecoms.com/decouvr/arbre-a-vent/


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ibexerain's comment, January 13, 12:10 AM
Sensational looking
Michael Holder's curator insight, January 13, 6:43 PM

Perhaps the beginning of the end and the extinction of mammoth Industrial Wind Turbines and their globally corrupt Corporate boon-doggle. One can only hope - good riddance!  

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Nature's Solutions for Energy Shortages

Nature's Solutions for Energy Shortages | Social Foraging | Scoop.it
 Energy efficiency in living things often means combining material and fuel recycling with hitching a free ride. Soaring birds, drifting larvae and even prairie dogs make use of dependable physical forces in order to survive with the least amount of expended energy. Putting these principles into practice, however, demands a deep knowledge of the processes involved.

 

Photo details: Heermann's Gull , City Wharf, Huntington Beach, California. Copyright © 2006, Alan D. Wilson. http://www.naturespicsonline.com


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