Tree turbine array

newlnewl Solar Expert Posts: 53 ✭✭✭✭
Interesting idea, though very expensive for what it is. Link to article below, complete with embedded YouTube video.

http://www.geek.com/science/new-wind-turbine-looks-like-a-tree-generates-power-silently-1612693/

Comments

  • solarixsolarix Solar Expert Posts: 713 ✭✭
    Re: Tree turbine array

    like most art - it is very impractical...
  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 30,050 admin
    Re: Tree turbine array

    Let somebody else spend their money first...

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • inetdoginetdog Solar Expert Posts: 3,123 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Tree turbine array

    Lightweight so that it starts spinning in 4.4 mph wind. But cube law for power versus wind speed for constant projected area means that not much power will be available at that speed.
    Also lightweight so it comes apart in heavy winds?

    Each turbine and branch causes turbulence that may affect other turbines. Vertical axis (VAWT) means that it does not have to yaw to follow wind direction, but is no better than horizontal (HAWT) at dealing with turbulence. Also pretty close to the ground for good wind.
    SMA SB 3000, old BP panels.
  • waynefromnscanadawaynefromnscanada Solar Expert Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Tree turbine array

    I love the idea, and just think of the racket when the bearings on those 72 virgins - - er - - artificial leaves start to squeal like a tree full of pigs! :D:D:D
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