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Saphonian bladeless turbine boasts impressive efficiency, low cost

Saphonian bladeless turbine boasts impressive efficiency, low cost
The Saphonian bladeless wind turbine draws inspiration from the design of a ship's sails Image Gallery (2 images) Tunisian green energy startup Saphon Energy has created a new bladeless wind turbine which draws inspiration from the design of a ship’s sails, and promises to convert the kinetic energy of the wind into electricity at up to double the efficiency – and half the cost – of a typical wind turbine. Dubbed the “Saphonian,” in honor of an ancient wind divinity worshiped by the Carthaginian Mediterranean culture which predated modern Tunisia, the current iteration of bladeless wind turbine is the second prototype developed by the company thus far. As illustrated by the development of the Solar Aero and Catching Wind Power bladeless turbines, there is a perceived need for wind turbines which can offer renewable energy while also avoiding the use of rotating blades, which can cause noise pollution and be harmful to birds. Source: Saphon Energy via Environmental News Network

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