Wind turbine blades inspired by the shape of the seagull’s wing could make smaller turbine systems more efficient.
The blade was inspired by the seagull’s ability to soar on air currents, even with its relatively small wings. With that in mind, the team from Deakin University designed smaller wind turbine blades that incorporate the curvature of the gull’s wing. The new blades are ideal for scaled-down turbines, and can generate 10 to 15 percent more power than conventional designs.
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