Wind Tree harnesses the power of breeze in cities

Oct 26, 2017, 7:17 AM EDT

The mention of wind turbines conjures up an image of ugly, giant, sharp blades rotating ceaselessly in coastal areas. No denying these structures are visually obtrusive, but they feed valuable clean energy to power grids in many cities.

A French startup has designed an aesthetic version of wind turbines, which is a 26-foot-tall tree featuring 63 tiny blades that harness breeze to generate electricity, notes Curbed.

Called Wind Tree, the structure has leaf-like micro wind turbines that can work with wind speeds as low as 4.5 miles per hour, generating about 3,500 Kilowatt hours (kWh) to 13,500 kWh annually. As Futurist writes, “You’ve never seen a wind turbine like this before.”