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9 ingenious wind turbine designs

Nano Vent-Skin

Photo: Nano Vent-Skin

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Nano Vent-Skin

When it comes to meeting large-scale wind energy demands, most people think big. Designer Agustin Otegui, on the other hand, thinks small — nano small. He has come up with the ingenious idea of creating a fabric-like "skin" made of thousands of tiny interwoven micro-turbines. As wind blows across the surface of this "skin," the mini-turbines spin. Collectively they have the power to collect a lot of energy.

The biggest advantage to this design is that these turbines can be placed almost anywhere: on the surface of buildings, as lining for gusty highway tunnels, even on the shafts of larger traditional wind turbines.

You can read more, and see more images, at Otegui's Nano Vent-Skin blog.