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The ‘Wind Tree’ that could heat your home
Phoebe Parke, for CNN
10:37 AM EST, Wed January 21, 2015
French company NewWind has taken the idea of green energy very literally. Inspired by nature, its "Wind Tree" has 72 "leaves" -- micro-turbines that rotate in the wind, generating up to 3.1kW of energy.
A "Wind Tree" will go on display at Place de la Concorde, Paris, between March 12 and May 12 2015.
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Its creator, Jerome Michaud-Larivire, with one of the micro turbines.
But the French design isn't the first to combine wind power with a tree structure. Described as an "urban windmill," the "Power Flower," by NL ARchitects, has been designed to minimize space requirements. Having turbines on a vertical axis allows for a much denser construction than with conventional wind turbines.
NL Architects claim the concept is nearly silent and its turbines can produce energy from wind blowing in any direction. This rendering shows how it foresees that with the emergence of smart grids, products such as this will become a domestic energy solution.