A New Kind of Wind System
Wind energy is without question a great energy solution for the future. However, traditional wind turbines have a poor reputation: they are ugly, noisy, and far from energy consumption centers. The Wind Tree may change all that.
This new type of tree conceals a biomimetic wind system which consists of a steel trunk supporting sixty small plastic turbines called “Aeroleafs”. These turbines are able to generate power at wind speeds as low as 2 meters per second (4.4 miles per hour) versus 4 or 5 meters per second (9 to 11.2 miles per hour) for traditional wind turbines. In addition, the blades can rotate 360 degrees and use winds from any direction. What is more, it is completely silent while in operation.
The Wind Tree is a local solution, silent, and designed to be integrated in urban areas. It offers an average power of 3 kilowatts, which means it could provide power to 25 street lamps, or supply the electrical needs of a family of 4 (excluding heating).
The Wind Tree Takes Root
NewWind, a French company that created the project, announced a fundraising campaign of 1,150 million euros (1,151 million CDN$) to enable the deployment of the first Wind Trees, in limited numbers. The marketing development is scheduled for this year.
Last year, a prototype was exposed in Paris, at the Place de la Concorde.
Founded in 2011, winner of the 2014 Grand Concours National de l’Innovation du Musée du Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), in France, and winner of the Grand Prix Énergies du concours TREMPLIN, in February 2015, NewWind is an innovative company aiming to transform kinetic energy into clean, sustainable electricity
This technology is a first response to future environmental challenges: in 2050, 85% of the world population will live in urban or peri-urban area.