Story excerpt provided by The Ohio State University.
Written by Pam Frost Gorder.
New tools for harvesting wind energy may soon look less like giant windmills and more like tiny leafless trees.
A project at The Ohio State University is testing whether high-tech objects that look a bit like artificial trees can generate renewable power when they are shaken by the wind—or by the sway of a tall building, traffic on a bridge or even seismic activity.
In a recent issue of the Journal of Sound and Vibration, researchers report that they’ve uncovered something new about the vibrations that pass through tree-shaped objects when they are shaken.
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Originally published February 2, 2016.