Novel way of extracting wind energy

The Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is experimenting with an interesting new way to extract energy from the wind without the use of turbines. It works by producing a thin, electrically charged mist that’s blown by the wind away from the device to create a net charge and hence a voltage difference from the earth ground.

It will be interesting to see how practical this proves to be. There are obvious disadvantages (notably the need for a fair amount of reasonably clean water) as well as advantages (quiet operation with no big mechanical moving parts). This video introduces the idea:


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