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.