Tunisia are introducing a new revolutionary ‘flapping’ wind-turbine! Until now, the understanding of bird mechanics has been limited, as has been their translation into technology. Now, a pioneering scientist Anis Aouini is using 3D Aouinian kinematics to develop a wind-turbine modeled on humming-bird flight.
The company ‘Tyer Wind’ has been able to replicate the ‘figure 8’ wing movement of hummingbirds that allow them to fly in one place. The unique turbine has two vertical-axis wings (each 5.25 feet long) made from carbon fiber. Together they help convert kinetic wind energy into electrical energy.
Partner and co-founder of ‘Tyer Wind’, Hassine Labaied has expressed to media that initial tests for power efficiency, aerodynamic behavior and material resistance are encouraging. Research data will soon be made available. A more detailed description of the mechanics can already be seen in the following link. Look at this PDF.
Bio-mimicry is turning out to be one of the most exciting and innovative field of science. We’ll keep you all posted of any updates!