Gallery: Vibro-Wind Piezoelectric Pads Harness Wind Energy Without Turb...


Francis Moon, a mechanical engineering professor at Cornell University, has designed a novel type of wind energy generator that vibrates in the wind rather than cutting the breeze like a turbine. Dubbed Vibro-Wind, the design consists of a series of pads attached to piezoelectric cells that generate current when the pads flutter in the wind. This low-impact design could revolutionize localized renewable energy while providing a safer alternative to bird and bat-unfriendly turbines.

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  1. peddler7122 May 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Is there any possibility that these would work to produce power from the flow of a shallow stream rather than the wind?

  2. jackhal May 10, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Hi, I am working on a chemistry project, and we were looking to harness the power of piezoelectricity. Our idea involves adding pressure to a piezo cell, hoping to create usable electricity. We are having difficult finding a piezo cell, and were wondering if you could help. We have grown our own peizo crystals but are having a hard time wiring them.

    Any help would be VERY appreciated.

  3. josinacio February 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    It is very interesting, can you advise on posibilities to work together and bringing your system to Ecuador.
    Jose I

  4. Siwasher January 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I can’t judge the relative engineering merits, but the Windbelt strikes me as a more elegant take on using vibration rather than turbines to capture energy. See the Wikipedia article or

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