Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds to produce clean energy

January 23, 2017 by  
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A new flapping wind turbine from Tunisia marks a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of mechanics. Until recently, scientists have been limited in their ability to apply new understandings of animal and human motion to machines, according to Tyer Wind . In the wind energy sector, this limitation has resulted in fairly simple and relatively inefficient turbines. Using 3D Aouinian kinematics that he pioneered, Anis Aouini is disrupting that space with a unique wind turbine modeled on articulations of the only bird capable of sustained hovering– the hummingbird . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r4qnfLns_s Tyer Wind has replicated the mechanism that allows hummingbirds to fly in one place with their flapping wind turbine that moves in a figure 8 configuration. It has two vertical axis wings made from carbon fiber, each 5.25 feet long, that convert kinetic wind energy into emissions-free electricity. Combined, the two wings sweep an area of nearly 12 square feet, with a pre-industrial rated power output of 1kW. Hassine Labaied, partner and co-founder of Tyer Wind, told Inhabitat this is the first time a mechanical device has successfully mimicked the hummingbird’s motion, and that the video above illustrates a pilot machine currently being tested in Tunisia . The group says their initial tests for power efficiency, aerodynamic behavior, and material resistance are encouraging, and they will release the resulting data after a sufficient period of time. (Those interested in more technical details are encouraged to take a look at this PDF .) 3D Aouinian kinematics have applications in other technologies as well, according to Tyer Wind, including external combustion engines, internal combustion engines, pumps, and marine propulsion–among others. The biomimicry revolution may not be televised, but it is definitely underway. + Tyer Wind

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Sahara Desert Project to grow 10 hectares of food in Tunisian desert

March 17, 2016 by  
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With 75 percent of its country comprised of desert, it’s not easy for Tunisia to grow food. But the Sahara Forest Project aims to change that with a $30 million facility funded by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. Building on their first projects in Qatar and Jordan, the group will use solar energy and desalination technology to sprout food in the Sahara Desert . Read the rest of Sahara Desert Project to grow 10 hectares of food in Tunisian desert

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Anakin Skywalker’s Home Threatened By Migrating Sand Dunes in Tunisia

July 22, 2013 by  
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Migrating sand dunes in the Tunisian desert are threatening to bury the set of Mos Espa City—one of the most famous filming locations captured in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and the childhood home of one of the franchise’s main characters, Darth Vader . Part of the adjacent set used in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope has already been buried by the desert sand. Read the rest of Anakin Skywalker’s Home Threatened By Migrating Sand Dunes in Tunisia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Anakin Skywalker , darth vader , desert architecture , desert homes , desert living , dunes , famous film sets , film locations , film locations desert , scientific study Tunisia barchans , Star Wars dunes , Star Wars film locations , Star Wars saga , Star Wars Tunisia , Tatooine , Tunisia , Tunisia barchans        

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Star Wars Fans Restore Luke Skywalker’s Igloo-Shaped Home in Tunisia!

July 13, 2012 by  
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