Bladeless Wind Turbines of the Future

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1. Sustainability Problem: Conventional wind turbines pose negative environmental impacts due to scale and cannot be used for distributed generation.

Category: Energy 

2. Technology: Vortex Bladeless Wind Turbines

Conventional wind turbines are up to 300 meters tall and weigh up to 400 tons. The material and space required for a conventional wind farm pose a negative environmental impact. The large blades have been known to harass local bird populations and make noise that is disruptive to surrounding communities. A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless has developed a compact, bladeless wind turbine to solve these problems.

  • Vortex Bladeless turbines generate power through the centripetal vibrations of wind rather than the turning of blades.
  • Vortex Bladeless turbines require fewer materials to manufacture.
  • Vortex Bladeless turbines require no oil and less maintenance.
  • Vortext Bladeless turbines make no noise and are safe for birds.
  • Vortex Bladeless turbines are significantly smaller than conventional turbines and can be used for distributed generation as an alternative to solar panels.

3. Organizational Stakeholders:

  • Consumers of distributed generation
  • Communities with distributed generation
  • Electrical grids that permit distributed generation
  • Wind farms
  • Neighbors of wind farms

4. Deployment:

  • Distribute Vortex Bladeless wind turbines to households that have distributed generation to use in addition to, or in place of, solar panels
  • Supplement or replace commercial wind farms with Vortex Bladeless wind turbines
  • Supply electrical grids with low impact wind generation


Frangoul, Anmar. The Future of Wind Turbines Could be Bladeless. CNBC. September 29, 2017.


2 thoughts on “Bladeless Wind Turbines of the Future

  1. One of the problems with this new technology is that it has a conversion efficiency of 70%, while conventional wind turbines are already near 90% efficiency. According to Vortex, the significant reductions in manufacturing and maintenance costs will outweigh the efficiency losses.


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