A Spanish company has designed a revolutionary way to harness wind energy based on aeroelasticity — according to Wikipedia, it’s the branch of physics and engineering that studies the interactions between the inertial, elastic, and aerodynamic forces that occur when an elastic body is exposed to a fluid flow. And it’s poised to revolutionize the renewable energy industry.
Bladeless, a wind generator without blades, is far more practical, more environmentally- and nature-friendly, and efficient than the traditional blade turbines. It doesn’t require strong winds to oscillate and generate energy. Since it has no moving parts it is easier to manufacturer and maintain. Recall environmentalists complaining about the hazards traditional wind turbines pose against migrating birds, not to mention blight, Bladeless should address those issues.
It’s a great alternative for countries in the Pacific, who wish to augment their fossil fuel-based energy generation, who are constantly exposed to high winds but don’t have the real estate (or funds) to invest in traditional wind turbines.
Watch this video from Vortex.
Also check out this article from UpWorthy last May.
Current status 2019
At the current year, and after facing all the milestones of trying to bring a new kind of wind generator to the market, Vortex decided to focus in the end-consumer market. We are developing our first commercial product, Vortex Tacoma of 2,75 m high, for end-customers. Vortex Tacoma prototypes are in the certification stage and being tested in Spain with our program H2020 by European Commission which is about to finish.
We expect (and desire) to reach the European market in 2020 with a first series, however, before this, we need to certify and find a way to manufacture Vortex devices efficiently with industrial methods. Of course, that manufacture stage cannot be fully reached until the certification is done, European laws are very strict, so we need to be sure that the materials and geometry chosen are the best ones to introduce to the market a finished and polished product. To reach further markets will need more time due to logistics.
Vortex Tacoma is designed as a “small wind” generator for residential/rural purposes, entering in the market from below, the best and only option for us as a startup company. We may launch Vortex Nano as well, the device we use for quick testings, a wind-powered USB charging station of less than 1m high, like a wind power bank with batteries inside.
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