Bladeless: Wind turbines of the future?

The first of its kind wind turbines without blades could hit the market by 2018. Vortex, a startup from Spain, has designed a stick-like technology called ‘Bladeless’. The new creation […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The first of its kind wind turbines without blades could hit the market by 2018.

Vortex, a startup from Spain, has designed a stick-like technology called ‘Bladeless’. The new creation has a cylinder¬†fixed vertically with an elastic rod which vibrates when the wind blows and generates electricity.

The company expects to launch two models of 4KW and 1MW.

It claims the innovative technology is more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. It will save 53% in manufacturing costs and 51% in operational costs compared to conventional wind turbines, it states.

The firm said in a blog post: “One of the main advantages of Vortex is the drastically low costs associated with the technology.

“In fact, the normalised cost of energy generation for a typical onshore facility is $ 0.04 / kWh (about 35 Euros / MWh ), including capital costs, operation and maintenance, performance, land leases, insurance and other administrative expenses.”

The company plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign to finance the construction of its first model.