THERE’S A WIND TREE REVOLUTION IN THE AIR
Forget traditional wind turbines with their enormous blades demanding vast amounts of space! The brand new device developed by French start-up NewWind might just be offering us a glimpse of the energy plantations of the future. The firm’s tree-shaped wind turbine, boasting beautiful clean lines and whose green "leaves" are capable of harnessing even the slightest breeze, has recently been installed at the Ruhr Park retail centre in the heart of the German city of Bochum. This efficient and silent micro-energy source can generate 4.1 kilowatts of energy - enough to power a car park, a 1,000 m2 office block or an almost 10,000-mile journey by electric car. That’s right, energy really can be generated in an urban setting, and wind-generated energy at that! And this is just the start of this small ecological revolution that is seeing energy being produced in close proximity to the end-user, fostering the development of sustainable and eco-friendly cities. NewWind had set up wind trees in the German city of Gerlingen in January 2016 before marketing the product more widely across France and Switzerland.
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