Designing Energy Systems to Be More Like Trees

by Erin Larsen

A team of engineers at Ohio State University are looking to nature to redesign windmills. In a recent issue of the Journal of Sound and Vibration, OSU researchers reported that they have discovered new information about how vibrations pass through trees when they sway in the wind. They believe that this research can be used to design new tools for harvesting wind energy that look less like windmills and more like mechanical trees. Continue reading