Jérôme Michaud-Larivière, a French entrepreneur, came up with the idea of wind energy trees when he noticed the leaves of a real tree blowing and twisting in the wind. He wondered if he could find a way to generate electricity with the concept of spinning leaves and the wind rustling through trees.
His inspiration developed into a 3.1kW “L’Arbre à Vent®” (wind tree) which is able to power city lights or offset the electricity required by nearby buildings. This new invention will be displayed at the Paris Place de Concorde in May 2015.
To see the tree in action, you can view the video below:
The wind energy tree is made up of 72 artificial ‘leaves’ that are actually mini vertical wind turbines. The structure itself is approximately 36’ and made of steel. All the cables and generators have been integrated into the branches and trunk in order to make it look esthetically pleasing.
Many anti-wind groups have complained that wind turbines are an eye sore, and they make a lot of unnecessary noise, however, this design is interesting and beautiful, and very quiet, due to the small size. It is perfect for any urban setting, with minimal visual disruption to the existing landscape.
If you’d like to see more pictures of this invention, you can view them on Pinterest.
It will be interesting to see how many cities may adopt this new wind energy tree design, or if it will become simply a statement or artistic piece.