With the technogaian mindset in play, French company NewWind has developed an entirely new design for wind turbines that takes the form of a tree, i.e. the Wind Tree!
“The design of biomimetic inspiration allows seamless integration into all types of landscape, whether urban or rural. All the technology is invisible; no cables or apparent generators, everything is integrated in the branches and trunks.” – NewWind
Wind turbines have their own set of problems, though, that have made them much less pleasing – from its minimal operations, to their incredibly loud noise, to their unfortunate ability of killing birds (despite the fact that a higher percentage of birds die from cats and windows). Which is why NewWind has developed these tree-like wind turbines to address each of these problems.
Made up of 72 turbines per tree, they can generate 3.1kW of power per tree. Add this with their ability to stay on for 280 days out of the entire year, this allows them to generate enough energy on par with that of normal wind turbines. Given their light weight material, each tree is able to generate power with as little as 2 meters per second of wind (4.4 mph), making each turbine relatively silent.
With the advent of an exponential increase in popularity of renewable energies, the Technogaian environmentalist movement is following suit to help push a much more positive outlook on technology in regards to how it affects our environment. Technogaianism looks to the future, rather than the past, to ensure everyone and everything on planet Earth reaps the benefits of advanced technologies.
NewWind’s Wind Tree innovation does just that, not only changing how we accumulate energy, but subsequently changing the very relationship wind turbines have with their overall environment. As technologies continue advancing at an exponential pace, we’ll begin witnessing a symbiotic connection between technology and nature.
Photo Credit: NewWind