Wind Trees: The Urban Solution to Wind Power

Shelby Rogers

French entrepreneur Jérôme Michaud-Larivière and his company New Wind developed a cost-effective way to harness the wind into clean energy.

The trees catch wind through an Aeroleaf, an S-shaped conical structure which has very little resistance. The leafs are fixed to steel branches, and those branches are then wired to a steel trunk.

The trees output at 4.1 kW each, and while that's not much on an individual scale, Michaud-Larivière reminds skeptics that these trees are meant to function as a unit.

Michaud-Larivière said the trees come as an alternative to large, expensive and at times dangerous wind turbines. They can fit any environment, from a rural area to an urban epicenter like Paris, where the prototypes are displayed.