A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless is proposing a radical new way to generate wind energy. The company promises a technological leap forward and a revolution in wind energy. A more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way to produce energy.
Here is why Vortex is a big deal.
1. No gears or bearings. Vortex reduces manufacturing and maintenance drastically.
2. Huge reduction of carbon foot print. Fewer supplies. No lubrication needed. Noiseless. Respectful of nature.
3. It requires no energy, or training, to use.
According to conservative estimates: Vortex saves 53% in manufacturing costs and 51% in operating costs compared to conventional wind turbines.
“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.” says Wired.
Vortex will be launching their crowdfunding campaign on June 1st, 2015. Vortex is supported by many people around the world who are interested in cleaner and more efficient energy.
Vortex is working on a few different sizes; its “Mini,” a 41-foot model, should be ready for commercialization next year, while a larger, industrial model is in the works for 2018. If all goes according to plan, wind farms will probably be quieter than what we know and have seen.