Continuing our exploration into innovative, green energy sources, today we’re going to take a look at the ever-changing landscape of wind power. Though the iconic and hypnotic giant towers with three spinning blades represent wind power to most of us – that’s about to change. Several companies are working on new paradigm-shifting ideas for harnessing the power of the wind.
In Spain, a little company called Vortex is looking to design wind generators that produce renewable energy without blades. Their design is quiet, and with very few mechanical parts – virtually maintenance-free.
“Our goal is to develop a new wind generator that minimize(s) the amount of mechanical elements to reduce the maintenance costs and… environmental impact,” says David Yanez, co-founder of Spanish business Vortex Bladeless.
And Vortex isn’t the only business with innovative new ideas for wind. Across the pond in the U.K., Kite Power Systems is experimenting with using kites to harness the power of the wind. And down south in America there is talk of building turbines higher than the Eiffel Tower to harness wind in the upper reaches of the atmosphere where it’s more turbulent.
There’s a real shift towards renewable energy sources these days, and lots of innovation in the industry. From electric cars, to better ways to power them, it’s nice to see mankind moving away from coal and other fossil fuels. What do you think of these new ideas for wind? Please let us know on our social feeds on facebook and twitter!