Photo courtesy of Vortex Bladeless

by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition

If you thought gigantic “farms” of wind turbines and solar-cells were the state of the art in alternative energy, think again. Jillian Ambrose in The Guardian discusses several quieter and more space-efficient alternatives for converting wind energy into electricity.

The alternative shown in this video is reminiscent of the way hair cells in our ears wiggle and dance to convert mechanical energy (vibration) from sound into electrical impulses, that are then transmitted to the brain for analysis:

But the “Skybrator” is also reminiscent of something you might find salaciously funny. Hence the nickname, Skybrator.

Nice to see a sense of humor in the alternative energy arena! Several other alternatives are also discussed. Since they’re attracting capital investment, this is a sign that the huge scale of alternative energy farms could be significantly reduced—a good thing. And less noise is always welcome!