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Biomimetic turbine blade creates 35% more power

Feb 21, 2017, 4:47 AM EST
(Source: Dave Nakayama/flickr)
(Source: Dave Nakayama/flickr)

A new research in Europe has revealed that new turbine blades inspired by dragonfly wings can yield 35 percent more wind power, a development that has the potential to revolutionize the way in which this renewable source of energy is harnessed.

The study published in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, attributes the increase in output to flexible turbines that can operate in a wider range of wind conditions and can withstand harsh situations, writes Seeker.

Lead author Vincent Cognet of Paris-Sorbonne University says that the ability of the turbine winds to passively deform through the air loading makes them suitable for more wind farms in more locations.

Appreciating the results of the experiment, Asfaw Beyene, a professor of engineering at San Diego State University in California, said the progress paves the way for “a fully renewable future,” notes AAAS.

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