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Wind Tree Has Small Wind Turbines As Its Leaves That Generate Electricity

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A team of French engineers has created a tree that can generate electricity from wind. The founder of the Parisian startup, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière said, “The idea came to me in a square where I saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air. The energy had to come from somewhere and be translatable into watts.” The company will be marketing the Wind Tree in 2015.Wind Tree - Electricity on tree

The tree has tiny blades as its leaves that respond to wind by turning regardless of the direction in which the wind blows. The tree is completely silent and the team has been able to come up with a 26-ft prototype after a research that lasted for 3 years. This prototype has been installed in the Pleumeur-Bodou commune located in Brittany, northwestern France. Jérôme is hopeful that one day this invention could be used in homes and at urban centers.Wind Tree - Electricity on tree2

The tree shall be sold for £23,500 and can generate twice the electricity that a traditional wind turbine generates in the same time. This is because it can even generate electricity with winds blowing as slow as 4.5 mph. According to Jérôme, the tree has not been tested by any independent lab but proves to be a profitable investment in one year if the wind speeds are 7.8 mph on average. He aims at harvesting energy from the air currents that flow into the town.Wind Tree - Electricity on tree4

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We can very well see this innovation being used in collaboration with other techniques of power generation like geothermal or photovoltaic methods. Mr Michaud-Larivière has plans of developing a “perfect tree that has leaves with natural fibres, roots that could generate geothermal energy and bark covered with photosensitive cells.” However, Robert Bellini, engineering expert at Environment and Energy Management Agency stated that the potential of small wind turbines in the city is quite low. But it is still a leap forward in wind technology.
So would you get one for your home? Let us know in the comments section.

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11 Comments to Wind Tree Has Small Wind Turbines As Its Leaves That Generate Electricity

  1. Dianne rello anderson

    Please contact me for purchase of your tree wind-turbines

    Thank you for creating a less dangerous energy as the the fossil energy sources

    I have a buyer so please contact me

  2. Eastern offers a certificate and associates degree in Wind Technology. The College wants to purchase a wind turbine for the campus and this is a great option. I am very interested in discussing a future purchase!

  3. Stephen DiStefano

    Would be very interested in obtaining more detailed information as to other equipment needed for installation, how much energy is produced. Would work and fit well in my homes environment on a lake in Virginia, USA. Wind mill would not fit aesthetically, but your tree looks to be a perfect fit.

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  5. Hell yeah i would, with the wind around here i’d be getting paid to have the thing. In other words “Shut up and Take my Money!!”

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