A city as spectacular as Paris couldn’t possibly have wind turbines right in town. Unless of course they looked like something else!
Inventor Jérôme Michaud-Larivière came up with the idea of tree shaped wind turbines when he “saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air.” while in a Paris square.
His company, New Wind is installing tree-shaped wind turbines at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The trees are 26 foot high and use tiny blades inside the ‘leaves’, will hopefully be profitable after a year of wind speeds averaging 7.8 mph. They are able to generate electricity in wind speeds as low as 4.5 mph.
Michaud-Larivière is hoping the trees will be used to exploit small urban air currents between buildings and along streets and could eventually be installed in people’s yards and urban green areas.
Video: Adam Kim
Via: Alternative Energy News, Images: New Wind