The Owl Inspired Wind Turbine

Name: Kurrimbaccus Ally

The project introduces us to the study of biomimicry which is mimicking and finding inspiration from nature in design. The study aims to solve the issue of noise pollution from wind farms and the biomimicry strategy is the owl wing because of its unique noise dampening properties.

The study introduces us to a quite common problem faced by most residential areas located around wind farms. Through statistics we have seen the various side effects of living near wind farms and one of them is noise emitted from the turbines. These noises affect the daily lifestyle of the residents through sleep deprivation, stress and many other health damaging issues.


Thus, to tackle this issue through biomimicry, the owl wing was chosen due to its special abilities. Compared to other birds, the owl hunts in a different method which is stealth. Instead of using speed it uses its ability to fly with nearly no noise emission to attack its prey during the night. So, what makes the owl able to fly like so is what the study is about and its application to a wind turbine blade.


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Background of Study


Evolution of wind turbines in terms of sizes and consummation of land

Consummation of land


Why so much wind turbines? One turbine cannot produces enough electricity because its restricted from spinning too fast. And why is it restricted? Because the faster it spins causes more and more noise.

Wind turbine mechanism


Blades spin, speed of rotation controlled by a gearbox, the blades spin the generator producing electricity which is transferred to a transformer and finally sent to electrical lines.

Biomimicry : The owl wings