The giant windfarms that line hills and coastlines are not the only way to harness the power of the wind, say green energy pioneers who plan to reinvent wind power by foregoing the need for turbine towers, blades – and even wind. The bladeless turbines stand at 3 metres high, a curve-topped cylinder fixed vertically with an elastic rod. To the untrained eye it appears to waggle back and forth, not unlike a car dashboard toy. In reality, it is designed to oscillate within the wind range and generate electricity from the vibration. This could be wind power’s answer to the home solar panel, says Yáñez. “They complement each other well, because solar panels produce electricity during the day while wind speeds tend to be higher at night,” he says. “But the main benefit of the technology is in reducing its environmental impact, its visual impact, and the cost of operating and maintaining the turbine.”
Guardian 16th March 2021 read more »
Call for national wind farm plan with say for local residents. Campaigners fighting to stop countryside in the south of Scotland being “overwhelmed” by wind turbines are calling on Scottish politicians to set out nationwide development plans that will safeguard landscapes and prioritise communities ahead of the upcoming election.
Scotsman 16th March 2021 read more »