A new technology that draws power from trees brings a new dimension to the sustainable energy conversation. New research shows that drawing energy from trees could help power future cities. By converting tree movements into energy, anemokinetics technology taps into the power available in nature.

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close-up of a device attached to a tree branch like wires, which measure tree branch oscillations. overlayed on top of the image are text and diagrams explaining anemokinetics

For a long time, the world has struggled to come up with sustainable energy sources. The high demand for energy compared to its limited sources has proved a tough puzzle to solve. Anemokinetics technology could be the answer to this ongoing clean energy issue.

close-up of a device attached to a tree branch like wires, which measure tree branch oscillations

The concept of anemokinetics is based on the first law of thermodynamics, which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. In other words, the energy we use is continuously available in nature in various forms. The problem is converting available energy from one form to another for specific purposes.

close-up of a device attached to a tree branch like wires, which measure tree branch oscillations

According to a project published on Behance, anemokinetics allows scientists to harness energy from trees via the oscillation of branches. The study first investigated tree branches’ range of movement. Research found that tree branch movements fluctuate depending on wind speed, tree height and tree type. Tree branch displacement occurs at a rate of between one and 25 cm every moment.

a person on the side of a dirt path, pointing to surrounding trees set up with oscillation tracking devices

Although further studies are still underway to determine the best way to tap this energy, scientists have already created a prototype electric circuit and conducted field testing. Research found that each branch movement cycle “generates a charge equal to 3.6 volts with a current of 0.1 amperes and a duration of 200 milliseconds.” These figures could spell a bright future for anemokinetics.

a night-time shot of two people carrying something on a dirt path, surrounded by trees set up with oscillation tracking devices. white lights spell out words in what appears to be Russian

The project also proposes using the generated energy for off-grid navigation. Although the study still needs investment and further research, the preliminary findings are promising. Anemokinetics technology has plenty of possible applications, including powering sensors to create an Internet of Forest.

a diagram with several pictures of oscillation tracking devices attached to trees. the diagram goes into detail about anemokinetics and the energy it can produce

+ Behance

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