Generating Electricity with Bladeless Wind Turbines – One Household at a Time

An innovative wind turbine design from a small company based in Madrid and Ávila, Spain, started with a radical idea derived from a 75-year old catastrophe. Engineer, inventor, and co-founder David Yáñez encountered film footage of the infamous Tacoma-Narrows bridge collapse in 1940, caused by wind-induced vibrations and oscillations. That video led to Yáñez’s “Eureka” moment of inspiration: If wind power could create vibrational force and oscillations strong enough to destroy a heavily-built structure, what if the wind’s kinetic energy could be harvested safely to generate electricity – without big, noisy, bird-killing blades? The idea led Yáñez, and colleagues David Suriol and Raúl Martin down a path to found Vortex Bladeless (VB).

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