Wind turbines are definitely not the prettiest to look at so the company New Wind developed a new generation of wind turbines that look nothing like the ones we are accustomed to. These turbines look a lot like trees so they look beautiful while also generating electricity.
The unobtrusive design is actually pleasing to look at, is reported to be silent, and operates in low wind unlike most wind turbines, and this has the added effect of increasing overall efficiency and power output.
The Wind Tree is 36 feet (almost 11 meters) tall and is equipped with 72 artificial leaves which are micro turbines that spin silently on their hubs generating 3100 watts of electricity total.
The Wind tree is designed by Jérôme Michaud-Larivière, an entrepreneur who while sitting in a park one day looking up as the trees noticed the leaves rustling in the breeze and wondered if he could design a wind turbine in the shape of a tree to capture the energy from the wind.
The greenheads behind New Wind hope that some day, hopefully in the not too distant future, such tree-like clean energy installations will become part and parcel of urban landscapes all around the world. This would help keep even a small amount of greenhouse emissions from reaching Earth’s atmosphere.
It would really be amazing to see cities full of these wind turbines that would produce energy in an elegant way in the future.