Wind farms are cool but you can’t really place them in urban areas. Except if they look very different and that’s what Wind Tree is all about.
Developed by a French company called New World Wind, it looks like a tree consisting of 54 micro-turbines called Aeroleaf that can produce up to 2400 kWh per year. That, according to the Wind Tree makers, is enough to provide energy for 100 m2 of low-energy office space, 15 street lamps or 83% of an average household’s consumption (excluding heating).
The Aeroleaf’s design allows it to capture wind from any direction, from gentle breezes to powerful gusts, producing maximum power in all weather conditions.
The best part is that Wind Tree doesn’t create any noise thanks to its direct drive mechanism that functions without belts or gears. Also, it can withstand storms and has a lifespan of around 25 years.
In addition to “regular” Wind Trees, New World Wind also offers a few variants, including:
The Modular Tree
This model is composed of 3 to 5 steel trunks that stem into tinier branches on which the 18 – 30 leaf-shaped wind turbines are attached. For an even bigger performance, photovoltaic petals can be added at the bottom of each leaf.
The Wind Bush
Smaller than the Wind- and Modular Trees, it can be planted alone or in groups. The Wind Bush has just as many photovoltaic petals as Aeroleaves (12 of each). These solar petals allow the Wind Bush to gain more power “while being ultra-versatile.”
For all models, New World Wind offers a few different options such as LED lights, charging ports and air-purifying leaves. The “Tree models” could also be expanded with USB benches.
The Aeroleaf's design includes no belts or gears, allowing it to work without creating any noise. Nevertheless, it can still capture wind from any direction, and harness energy from gentle breezes to powerful gusts — producing maximum power in all weather conditions.
Promoting the use of renewable energy is what the Wind Tree is all about. It not only shows that your municipality is "green" but also that it is willing to adopt new technologies. And that could potentially help bring new people and businesses to your city/town. Ultimately, eco-friendly projects like Wind Tree could help your career with voters and your boss seeing you as an innovative guy/gal who wants to change things for the better.
Contact New World Wind and see if you can be their distributor in the areas you "cover." Then, prepare the pitch for your local municipality (or more of them), suggesting them to install Wind Trees in front of the city hall and other public buildings and/or squares. Explain that such installations will help their city and the careers of those pushing such projects. Also, you could look beyond local governments and pitch businesses in your area to do the same. Wind Trees look nice and send a strong message to the entire community, so they should be an easy sell.