Will artificial trees be the next power plants?

dc.contributor.author McCloskey, Michael
dc.contributor.author Mosher, Curtis
dc.contributor.author Henderson, Eric
dc.contributor.author Henderson, Eric
dc.contributor.department Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
dc.date 2020-09-02T19:16:57.000
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-25T23:28:44Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-25T23:28:44Z
dc.date.copyright Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2017
dc.date.issued 2017-05-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Wind power is an important source of renewable energy, but some people are concerned that conventional wind turbines are too loud and too hazardous for birds and bats. We wanted to create a new kind of wind energy harvesting machine based on the jiggling motion of cottonwood tree leaves in the wind, which would be quieter and safer for wildlife.</p> <p>After building and testing artificial cottonwood leaves that moved and created electricity in the wind, we found that they didn’t produce enough energy to feasibly use for electricity production. We also tried building a cattail-like device to generate electricity when it swayed in the wind, but it also didn’t produce enough energy to make it reasonable to use.</p> <p>Though our research showed that artificial plants’ jiggling or swaying isn’t likely to be a cost-effective way to produce electricity, we think it could be fruitful to look into other plant-inspired designs for harvesting wind energy. We also are testing a previously unexploited biological material known to convert mechanical to electrical energy far more effectively than the ones used today.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is published as McCloskey M. A., Mosher, C. L., Henderson, E. R. (2017) Will Artificial Trees be the Next Power Plants? Science Journal for Kids and Teens (Environmental Science Journal for Teens). <a href="https://sciencejournalforkids.org/articles/will-artificial-trees-be-the-next-power-plants/" target="_blank">https://sciencejournalforkids.org/articles/will-artificial-trees-be-the-next-power-plants/</a>.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Cell and Developmental Biology
dc.subject.disciplines Oil, Gas, and Energy
dc.subject.disciplines Plant Sciences
dc.subject.disciplines Technology and Innovation
dc.title Will artificial trees be the next power plants?
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