none

ARE MECHANICAL TREES THE NEW WAY OF WIND ENERGY?

07-03-2016
by 
in 

First it was plastic grass to replace solar panels on the roof, and now it’s little mechanical trees for wind power.

Researchers in the US have proposed the new way of creating wind power, working with the already existing breeze these small trees will be capable of creating energy from small vibrations.

The aim is to be able to make energy from all the little random forces that the tree may encounter whether it’s the footsteps of passersby or little gusts of wind.

The researchers have also found that tree-like structures made from electromechanical materials are perfect for the task.

"Buildings sway ever so slightly in the wind, bridges oscillate when we drive on them and car suspensions absorb bumps in the road," said project leader Ryan Harne from Ohio State University.

"In fact, there's a massive amount of kinetic energy associated with those motions that is otherwise lost. We want to recover and recycle some of that energy."

The team were able to use a mathematical model to determine that a source of energy could be created from the intermittent oscillations you would get from a gust of wind.5

To be able to test their theory, the scientists made a tree like structure from two steel beams, and a small voltage was created even though the metal tree didn’t visibly move, with the voltage increasing as more little movements were introduced. 

Harne and his team are planning to continue research to see if there is a way to turn the tech into a long term renewable source

Related news & editorials

  1. 14.12.2018
    14.12.2018
    by      In
    The convenience of opening doors or logging onto computers with the wave of a hand is now possible with new technology that enables humans to be microchipped.
    A human microchip is the size of a grain of rice and it is implanted into the hand, between the thumb and forefinger, in a quick and fairly... Read More
  2. 14.12.2018
    14.12.2018
    by      In
    An additional $500,000 Federal Government investment is set to allow Deakin’s ManuFutures advanced manufacturing business incubator to set up a new acceleration programme for its members. The new ManuFutures Export Acceleration Programme (MEAP) will support the emerging businesses to strengthen... Read More
  3. 13.12.2018
    13.12.2018
    by      In
    After a long stint as the Asia-Pacific Managing Director of 600 Machine Tools, Cliff Purser is retiring from his post in Sydney, and returning to live in New Zealand.
    The genial Englishman has led the 600 team in Australia since transferring in November 2004 from the position of New Zealand... Read More
  4. 13.12.2018
    13.12.2018
    by      In
    Adelaide has been chosen as the headquarters of the newly established Australian Space Agency.
    The Australian Space Agency was officially launched on 1st July and received $41 million over four years from 2018-19 in the federal budget to “grow the Australian space industry,” including $26 million... Read More