Earlier this week, Green Wavelength LLC, a bio-inspired clean energy startup, unveiled their 19-foot, prototype, small wind turbine to crowds at The Perfect Pitch 2009 entrepreneur conference. Called XBee, the turbine – unlike any that you’ve probably ever seen – was designed with inspiration from the movement of bumblebees, hummingbirds, and dragonflies.
Unfortunately, the controller for the XBee overheated and stopped working properly. As a result, Green Wavelength will go back to the drawing board for additional development and testing.
Nevertheless, the company might be on to something in terms of finding a new wind turbine design with greater efficiencies. We’ll have to wait and see. If they can pull it off, Green Wavelength intends to produce 1-10 kW small wind turbines for home and small business uses. And that would be quite incredible, really.
[+] Green Wavelength LLC.
Photo credits: Green Wavelength.