Wind Energy Without Turbines

21 Aug

Is it possible to generate energy from wind without wind turbines and their huge rotating blades?

An inventor named John R. Tuttle thinks so. He’s invented a blade-less wind energy convertor–a sort of tube that captures wind and somehow turns it into usable energy.

Check out the article here.

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4 Responses to “Wind Energy Without Turbines”

  1. jnshere August 31, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    Hi Joy,

    Good point. An important part of the push behind alternative energy is that burning fossil fuels harms the environment. But we need think just as carefully about renewables like wind and solar will alter the environment, too. Nothing’s free, ultimately.

  2. Joy K August 31, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    I’ve always been concerned about the rush to install those big turbines, with so little research into their effects on birds. Audubon has an article on the subject here: http://audubonmagazine.org/features0609/energy.html

  3. David Davis August 25, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    Why do you think, if something like this was possible, all of this expense and energy has gone into making huge mamoth windmills? Beats me.

  4. Lynne Shifriss August 23, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    I’d love if something like this were mass-produced. I’ve often thought how we lived — in a typical city neighborhood — is not conducive to integrating windpower into our lives.

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