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Invention of the day: A bladeless wind turbine

April 10, 2013

I can just see these dotting urban skylines…

Grist

It may look like a giant airplane window strung with Venetian blinds, but this structure, designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo and installed at the Delft University of Technology in March, is a model of a machine that would convert wind to energy without any moving parts.

Any mechanical moving parts, at least: The technology, developed by the Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science faculty at Delft, uses the movement of electrically charged water droplets to generate power. How does this work? A handy video explains:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tqksCHWROBU]

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