The Winds Tree Generates Power From Low-Speed Winds

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Dec 4, 2014
References: arbre-a-vent.fr & gizmag
Wind Tree is an innovative wind turbine, designed by French entrepreneur Jerome Michaud-Lariviere, that is shaped like the tree. This artificial tree/wind turbine is designed to encourage adoption in urban areas, where it can make use of the low winds that move around buildings and streets.

Each Wind Tree consists of 72 artificial leaves that serve as micro-turbines, spinning in a vertical axis and specifically designed to harness gentler winds. Breezes blowing as slowly as 2 meters per second can be used, making the turbine useful throughout the year. The power output of the Wind Tree, which is constructed out of steel, is estimated to be 3.1 Kilowatts.

If the Wind Tree does eventually become a marketable reality, it will sell for around $36,500.