Many people would describe the design of most existing wind turbines as rather ugly, particularly in urban environments. A Dutch company aims to do something about that.
A firm based in the Netherlands (and in the US) hopes to counter the complaints about wind turbines being noisy, ugly and dangerous with its colourful tulip-shaped ‘eco-art’ design. Indeed, Flower Turbines say their products pose no danger to birds or other wildlife, and create a noise that is at such a low frequency, humans can’t hear it.
The tulip-shaped turbines (available in 1m, 3m and 6m models) are designed to be installed by businesses and home owners who wish to improve their eco-credentials in a more aesthetic way. And, remarkably, when positioned close together they perform 20 percent to 50 percent better than just one in isolation.
When you add everything together, Flower Turbines have multiple innovations that change preconceptions about the role of small vertical axis drag-type wind turbines in the transition to clean energy.
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