The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades

Vortex 6m Prototype

A prototype of the Vortex. Vortex Bladeless

By Liz Stinson

A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless is proposing a radical new way to generate wind energy that will once again upend what you see outside your car window.

Their idea is the Vortex, a bladeless wind turbine that looks like a giant rolled joint shooting into the sky. The Vortex has the same goals as conventional wind turbines: To turn breezes into kinetic energy that can be used as electricity. But it goes about it in an entirely different way.

Instead of capturing energy via the circular motion of a propeller, the Vortex takes advantage of what’s known as vorticity, an aerodynamic effect that produces a pattern of spinning vortices. Vorticity has long been considered the enemy of architects and engineers, who actively try to design their way around these whirlpools of wind. And for good reason: With enough wind, vorticity can lead to an oscillating motion in structures, which, in some cases, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, can cause their eventual collapse.

Where designers see danger, Vortex Bladeless’s founders—David Suriol, David Yáñez, and Raul Martín—sees opportunity. “We said, ‘Why don’t we try to use this energy, not avoid it,’” Suriol says. The team started Vortex Bladeless in 2010 as a way to turn this vibrating energy into something productive.

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Look Mom, No Blades.

Try not to giggle when you watch these bladeless turbines oscillating to capture and produce energy.  It is an amazing design which will also save the lives of many bird species.

I also found a YouTube video that explains this amazing design:

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6 replies

  1. Really a great idea, to turn a dangerious power ‘vorticiy’ into a simple bladeless generator

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    • I was amazed when I saw It functioning. I wish I understood exactly how it works. I hope it turns out to be safer and less expensive. I guess it will be available by 2017.

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      • I can’t thank you enough for sharing this article. This is great stuff, precisely the kind of news that epitomizes what has always been my hope for our site: a place where visitors could find the best and most important world news stories available on the internet, stories that they might otherwise have overlooked.

        This is an amazing story of technological imagination and innovation. Good job, genvana.

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      • As I understand Genvana, this invention is safe.
        More than being safe, my admiration is that it turns an already existing impediment (the enemy of engineers named vorticity) into a useful energy

        Thank you for this refreshing topic

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        • Thank you. I glad others enjoyed this story. I wonder what happens if an animal or bird tries to climb or land on this turbine? I could not find the answer but I am sure it would be safer than those large blades. It was developed in small part due to a faulty bridge design and the need for scientist to understand and utilize vorticity. I still do not fully understand the science but I can relate to that drive to understand. With the new smaller technology, Engineers must be having the time of their life. I am proud of Spain for developing this turbine. I look forward to seeing them in the USA. Green energy is the future.

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