Vortex: An affordable bladeless wind farm you can power your home with
As another hurricane about to hit the east coast of the U.S, scientists think 50 percent of the power of hurricane Maria might be the result of global warming. It has become increasingly evidently clear that we need to further lower our carbon footprint.
Wind farms have proved its competence to offer an alternative power source. The largest wind farm off the coast of England is reportedly larger than the size of San Francisco. Spanish startup Vortex is working on the other side of the issue. Their unique bladeless design is looking to help wind farms be more efficient and leave less impact on the environment.
Traditional wind turbines are effective. However, they do come with environmental impact, dangerous costly maintenance, and rigorous supervision.
The noise pollution and the massive blade can lead to massive casualties in the bird population. ovacool estimated in the U.S. wind turbines kill between 20,000 and 573,000 birds per year, and drastically reduces their habitats.
To keep the wind turbine work smoothly, workers have to deice and do other mechanical work in high wind situation. That put workers’ lives in jeopardy.
Vortex’s solution is a different design. Instead of using rotational power, Vortex uses carbon fiber material to capture the energy from vibration, similar to what we see when trees rocking back and forth during high wind.
The system is 30 percent less efficient than the traditional design, however, it looks to make it up with easier maintenance and lesser environmental impact.
The company started its fundraiser in 2015, and it would start its pilot program in India later this year.
Vortax says they are working on a version for consumers available for purchase in late 2019 and priced similarly to a solar panel at around 350 euros.