Artificial, leafless trees could turn nature’s vibrations into electricity : TreeHugger

We’ve covered quite a few small-scale wind turbines over the years — some made to resemble trees, others just small, vertical-axis versions — and universally they would provoke some heated comments. You all would respond, rightly so, that these designs will just never be effective sources of energy generation, but we cover them because we’re always wanting to discuss new ideas in clean technology and generally feel like these ideas, even if unfeasible, are worth mentioning because they may inspire the next new technology that is feasible and effective.Luckily, this new artificial tree is not a wind turbine. It is inspired by tree swaying and does harness energy from the wind, but it doesn’t rely on the wind rotating or spinning anything, it instead harnesses the vibrations caused by the wind, or traffic, or seismic activity, or the swaying of a tall building or anything else that may cause it to shake.

Source: Artificial, leafless trees could turn nature’s vibrations into electricity : TreeHugger