The Wind Tree: A Turbine Built for Backyards and Urban Spaces


If you can dream it, you can do it. At least that’s how the saying goes. For the French company that dreamed of creating a domestic wind turbine, that was certainly the case. New Wind has invented a new kind of wind turbine that’s not like its monstrous, noisy predecessors. The “Wind Tree” uses tiny silent blades to generate electricity from light breezes. Its tree-shaped wind turbines, which are already being installed in Paris, can supply enough energy to power 15 street lamps, one electrical car for 1360 km or 83% of the electrical consumption of the average family over the course of a year.

The idea was first conceived by the company’s founder, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière, while he marvelled the leaves in Paris square and how they trembled even when there was not a gust of wind. Jérôme hopes that the new Wind Trees will be able to create small air currents that flow along buildings and streets – and that one day, they’ll be installed into people’s backyards and in urban centres.

Although the efficiency of the trees is low compared to more consistent currents higher up, there’s no denying that these contemporary wind turbines are less of an eye-sore than their conventional counterparts. Watch the video below to see the Wind Tree in action:

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