Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines

Living here in Wales means there are loads of mountain ranges all around me, even through the window of my office. And in those mountain ranges is something people have come to love or hate. They are wind turbines and here in Wales, there is thousands of them. But I love the look of them and thought I would share with you ten of the most unusual and amazing wind turbines you will ever see…

 


Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines


 

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Sheerwind’s Bladeless Wind Turbine

10 – Blowers
thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/13/3366401/future-of-wind-power

This is not going to be the last blade-less wind turbine you will see on this list, but it is the weirdest looking. While I am sure the design is revolutionary it looks most like a wonderful musical instrument!

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Highway wind turbine streetlights

9 – Light your own path
uk.pinterest.com/theworldstop10

Eco-design firm TAK has made this concept design image of street lights not only powering themselves but also feeding back into the national grid! I think this is a great idea as street lamps are already ugly urban things anyway, so why not attach something a little more pleasing to the eye.

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Wind turbine bridge concept

8 – Over Bridged
armorgames.com/community/thread/10354755/strange-interesting-architecture/page/9

Unlike the other bridge wind turbine, you will come to see this one is for foot bridges and smaller bridges. I would imagine the wind blows rather hard down a river or canal meaning this should generate loads of electricity.

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Vertical axis wind turbines

7 – Windy Swingers
futuristicnews.com/next-generation-wind-turbines

Is this the future of wind turbines? The best thing about these ones is it doesn’t matter what way the wind is coming from, it will always generate electricity.

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Wind Turbine Building – Anara Tower, Dubai

6 – Living with wind
www.e-architect.co.uk/dubai/anara-tower

Instead of making wind turbines to power our homes, why not turn the turbines into our homes! Well, that is what Dubai designer TAMEER thinks we should do. At 600m+ high, there is more than enough room for the 300 branded apartments, 250 key 5-star hotel, 4 sky gardens, health spa, pool and sports courts they have planned for it.

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Honeycomb ‘Wind Lens’ Turbines

5 – The lens of Storms
inhabitat.com/wind-lens-turbines-could-boost-energy-generation-3x

These unusual turbines work the same way as a magnifying glass does with the sun, but it does it with the wind. Each and every Lens measures 112 meters in diameter meaning they are almost as big as the London eye!

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Wind turbine bridge concept

4 – Bridge Over Windy Valleys
www.gizmag.com/solar-wind-bridge-concept/17771/

One designer has come up with the idea of combining our need to build bridges with our need to electricity generation. With several wind turbines built into the bridge its self, the road will be designed to channel all the wind down the valley and into the turbines! Well, it impressed me anyway.

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Bladeless Wind Turbines

3 – Stalks
news.discovery.com/tech/alternative-power-sources/windpower-without-blades-101015.htm

Just how these 1,203 “stalks,” each 180-feet high generate power is far beyond my understanding, but it terms of more unusual ways to generate electricity from wind power this has to be right up there.

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Altaeros Energies’ Floating Wind Turbine

2 –Floating Winds
inhabitat.com/altaeros-energies-floating-wind-turbines-tap-into-strong-high-altitude-winds/altaeros-energies-2

These giant wind turbines are 35-foot round and generate power at 350 feet off the ground! These basically blimp style wind turbines, but in the strong gusts of the wind we have blowing through the Welsh valleys, I would imagine this would not last long at all.

Top 10 Weird and Beautiful Wind Turbines
Tree Themed Wind Turbine

1 – Tree Power
www.offgridworld.com/3-1kw-new-wind-turbine-looks-like-a-tree

It would have been better with a brown coloured main trunk, but this tree themed one generating over 3100 watts of electricity is something I would much prefer to see on the tops of all the mountains round here. But stuff it, I just think any form of green energy is a good start no matter what it looks like.

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