Biomimicry: Emulating nature's patterns and strategies for more efficiency
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In this edition, we tell you how startups are trying to find new ways of harnessing the power of the wind and waves. Some are even using biomimicry, or how to emulate nature's patterns and strategies. We speak to Franck Sylvain, the founder and CEO of Eel Energy, about how he found inspiration in the way that fish move so effortlessly through the water to create a renewable source of energy.
But first, Spanish startup Vortex Bladeless has developed a new kind of wind turbine without blades. Its low cost, little need for maintenance and innovative technology all make the invention promising for the renewable energy sector.
Our technology editor Peter O'Brien also gives us some other unexpected ways to harness wind energy.
Some startups are trying to find more sustainable ways of creating energy by looking to nature to find the most efficient mechanisms. Finding inspiration in nature is nothing new, it's called biomimicry. It's powerful because what nature has decided to keep – over the course of billions of years of evolution and through a tough selection process – is only the most efficient systems.
One example of biomimicry is Eel Energy. We speak to its founder and CEO Franck Sylvain about how he found inspiration in the way that fish move so effortlessly through the water to create a renewable source of energy.
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