'Wind Forest,' the winning concept from this year's Land Art Generator Initiative competition in Glasgow, Scotland, solves several of the biggest problems people have with wind turbines today. The bright white, spinning blades of the most common current turbine designs pose many problems: they are loud, mechanically complex, hazardous to avian wildlife and they're unattractive. Wind Forest solves these problems while also reducing construction and maintenance costs and requiring smaller foundations.
As the name suggests, the cylindrical turbines are inspired by forests, with a color palette "that draws from the year-round colors of natural deciduous woodlands" around Glasgow, according to the Wind Forest team.
In lieu of spinning blades, the stems generate energy by oscillating in place as the wind blows by, transferring that kinetic energy into a collection cell in the foundation. This technology could reinvent wind power across the world.