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Post by Hairyloon on 7th April 2011, 9:58 am

I was quite excited for a moment:I thought the title was literal.

I have had various thoughts about using trees for wind generation. One idea was to simply take the top off and replace with a turbine, and another was to harness the bendy motion of a small tree in the wind and have it drive a crank.
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Post by Adrian on 7th April 2011, 10:24 am

I have seen some speculative stuff about using tree and leaf design structure as micro turbines - will see if i can find it.

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Post by Adrian on 7th April 2011, 10:25 am

http://inventorspot.com/articles/renewable_energy_24285

http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/artificial-trees-to-harness-solar-and-wind-energy/

I'm sure with the huge advances in 3d printing, there will be a how to (one day) on how to literally grown a turbine...

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Post by Chilli-head on 7th April 2011, 11:06 am

I'm sceptical. I think we should put our energy into engineering for performance, and resign ourselves to the aesthetics as we did with electricity pylons.

Bio-mimicry an emerging science eh ? If we relied on mimicing nature we would not yet have invented the wheel !
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Post by Hairyloon on 7th April 2011, 4:57 pm

Chilli-head wrote:I'm sceptical. I think we should put our energy into engineering for performance, and resign ourselves to the aesthetics as we did with electricity pylons.
Any idea how well these things perform? I don't believe they have built one yet, and until they do there is no way to even guess.

But one point in their favour is that they should do fine in turbulent wind, which I understand conventional turbines do not.
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