O-Wind turbine “spins” electricity in dense cities

Sep 14, 2018, 8:39 AM EDT
(Source: https://www.jamesdysonaward.org)
(Source: https://www.jamesdysonaward.org)

The tamed winds in dense, crammed cities don’t follow a path of their will. The skyscrapers obstruct them, slow them down and turn them to create chaotic currents, which is why wind turbines are inefficient and unusable in urban environments. But, the winds of change are beginning to blow a revolutionary design.

Two students at Lancaster University have developed the O-Wind Turbine, which can capture the wind from any direction, courtesy its unique geometry comprising of vents sliced into the surface that rotates about a fixed axis, notes The Guardian.

The prototype, capable of capturing random breezes, has been awarded with the U.K.'s James Dyson Award for 2018 for its promise to “take urban energy harvesting to next level,” writes Dezeen.