Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wind Turbine from Bee Wings - Biomimicry in Composites

A favorite topic on the composite material blog is the process of learning from nature to make better products and material, this is known as biomimicry. We've talked before about analyzing shellfish, spider silk, geckos and fish.

Above is a video from a start-up called Green Wavelength. They have designed a wind turbine based upon the wings of bees. Quite an interesting concept, and it would be interesting to see details on the performance and mechanics. I am guessing the "wings" are being constructed with composite materials.

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