Up until now, windmills have been a problem. The staple of green technology is great at producing energy, but unless they are positioned miles away from crowded urban centers, the sounds made by a wind turbine’s blades create noise pollution that’s difficult for residents to ignore.
But now, a Rotterdam-based company has found a solution. Their unique turbine design is partially based on Archimedes’ famous screw pump, and aside from looking really cool, there is no annoying sound produced like traditional wind turbines.
The Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine looks like a cross between a screw pump and a nautilus shell. The design efficiently and quietly turns wind into electricity, reaching upwards of 80 percent of the maximum possible energy yield. Compare that to 50% for traditional designs, and it’s clear that the innovative company is on to something.
Each Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine will cost just over $5,400 starting in January when they become officially available to the public. That’s a lot of money, but not so much that it is cost prohibitive for people who want to capitalize on tax-credits for the devices, and use them to offset long term energy costs as part of a comprehensive, long-term investment. While saving up the initial money might be a problem for many, it should result in considerable savings on your monthly power bill.
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