Attractive Tree Turbines Are A Quiet, Affordable New Way To Generate Energy

Written by on January 9, 2015 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments

by Joshua Barrie |

A lot of people moan about how wind turbines make the countryside look bad. Clean, renewable energy often comes at a price. Enter “turbine trees” — one company's way of tackling the issue of aesthetics in sustainability.
Designer NewWind R&D has created a “silent” turbine called the Tree Vent that is supposed to blend into the landscapes which house it. It's a 36ft-tall structure made of steel with 72 artificial leaves.

It's the leaves that produce the power — just like the photosynthesis of plants. Each one is a “L'Aeroleaf”, a mini turbine attached to the main structure that features an integrated generator. NewWind says the cables and electronics lie inside the leaves, and the technology is specially created to handle the most extreme weather. They're not restricted to “trees” either — there are developments to see them fitted to garden fences, balconies, and other structures.

The Tree Vent itself takes advantage of lower air flow, says NewWind, but can make use of all “types of wind, 360-degree turbulent or laminar”. (Turbulent wind is swirling and chaotic; laminar is streamlined and layered).

Importantly, unlike regular wind turbines, these have towns and cities in mind too. Because they're made to look “organic”, they can be installed in urban environments and actually brighten places up.

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