Inhabitat has a post on a a new Tunisian wind power company using biomimicry to develop new wind turbine designs - Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds to produce clean energy.How well these things avoid metal fatigue will be interesting to watch.
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.