Sustainable and beautiful “tulip turbines” pop up just in time for spring

Here at The Optimist Daily, we are big fans of wind energy as a renewable and sustainable source of power—but that’s not to say that it doesn’t come with a few downfalls. Wind energy requires wind turbines to convert kinetic energy into electricity. These turbines generate noise pollution, take up quite a lot of space, and are a threat to birds and bats that may fly into the spinning blades.

We’ve written about the development of vertical turbines which solves a few of these problems. They don’t make as much noise, are smaller, and are adaptable to changes in wind direction. However, they are still not the most aesthetically pleasing, which may discourage people who want to explore renewable sources of energy.

Fortunately, Flower Turbines in the Netherlands are creating “wind tulips” that fuse art and efficiently clean energy production into aesthetically pleasing products. These turbines look like three-petaled tulips in vibrant colors. They are both visually appealing and aerodynamic, generating renewable energy safely in urban spaces. The small flower turbines can actually produce more energy per square meter than solar panels in windy areas.

These turbines are already in action in the Netherlands and Germany.

Source Image: Flower Turbines

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