Spanish firm proposes bladeless 'wind turbine'

This week’s video comes courtesy of Vortex Bladeless, a Spanish start-up that has proposed a new way of harnessing energy from wind.

Wind turbines currently use the rotation of blades to generate electricity from a turbine located in the top of the device.

As the company name suggests, the new solution from Spain dispenses with blades entirely.

Instead, the new system generates electricity by utilising the swaying of masts, which move magnets placed in a joint near the masts base.

The company has two models in development, the Vortex Gran (+1MW) for utilities and the 4kW Vortex Mini for domestic or industrial generation.

June 1, 2015 sees the launch of a crowdfunding campaign, the details of which can be found on the company’s website .