These Micro-Wind Turbines Could Invade a Tree Near You!
Categories: Energy, Power Solutions
Wind energy is the fastest growing source of electricity in the world. Don't believe me? This development of wind power has mostly taken place on a large scale, usually by utility companies providing power to a grid of millions of customers. But one company in France is entering the game...
French company, NewWind, has created a micro-wind turbine that mimics the design of a tree. The company’s founder, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière came up with the idea while in a Paris square, when he “saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air.”
The 26 foot high trees, which use tiny blades inside the ‘leaves’, could potentially be profitable after a year of wind speeds averaging 7.8 mph. They can generate electricity in wind speeds as low as 4.5 mph. Commercial wind turbines require 22 mph or more to function.
The startup estimates these trees would meet half of the average French household’s annual energy needs; run a small, low-consumption office for 12 months; or charge an electric car for 10,000 miles each year. That’s the equivalent of about 160 gallons of fuel.
In January, New Wind installed its first tree for a private company, the Swiss bank Piguet Galland. They also have contracts to provide more trees to companies in France, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg in the year ahead, with plans to expand beyond Europe next year. “A lot of companies are looking for renewable energy,” Bieliaeff said.
Source: Alternative Energy News