windykites November 15, 2018 01:47 PM Vertical axis wind turbines rotate with wind from all directions. This looks unnecessarily complicated. Cool award! EZ November 15, 2018 04:39 PM This is nothing but frivolity. The technology to extract electrons from the Ether already exists. The problem is that it is locked up in the vaults controlled by the CIA. All of Tesla's records were stolen by the FBI shortly after Tesla died, then locked up for the people that control our government under the guise of "national security." This may hint of the "deep state" theory, which is also a CIA invented nomenclature, just like the term "conspiracy theory" was. I know that most people think this is all BS but they are the same people that have no desire to consider otherwise. We all live in our own "bubble" and believe what makes us feel comfortable. I wish my belief was wrong. jerryd November 15, 2018 07:04 PM Please stop posting WG scams like this. While it may spin, it won't produce any power worthwhile, if at all. There is a reason successful units are 2-5 blade normal ones and no commercial VAWTs, basic physics. Sadly most of these scams a normal WG would be lower cost while actually putting out decent power. holdenmidfield November 15, 2018 09:00 PM EZ and jerryd, Are you guys Russian trolls? You “Deep Staters” are ridiculous. Wouldn’t Trump have uncovered all these conspiracies by now and tweeted it to all? Perhaps his golf game got in the way. If you want to know where the Deep State is, ask Putin. Just because you know some engineering or other specialty doesn’t mean you are immune to the stealthy brainwashing of Rupert Murdoch and the Kremlin. Why waste your time badmouthing little innovations like this with your blather? christopher November 15, 2018 10:24 PM A days harvest should power a dimly lit torch for a minute or two - maybe just enough to find a good hiding place against zombies when the apocalypse comes.But seriously - the energy spent mounting this will exceed what it generates in a lifetime... T N Args November 16, 2018 01:03 AM I wish that councils would lift their bans on domestic wind generation, provided that the residential generators comply with a noise limit. Alec Sevins November 16, 2018 04:52 AM It's too bad these will probably not generate more than piecemeal power for cities. Meanwhile, the countryside hundreds of miles away is being turned into industrial parks by gigantic wind "farms" that can't do much about the fossil fuel problem. The eastern Columbia river area looks like a boneyard with flashing red lights. Those who call it "beautiful" have no respect for nature itself.The required scale of land (and ocean) would be enormous to make much difference, and you can't build them without fossil fuels to start with. Some of us see industrial wind power as worse than climate change due to its futility and disrespect for open space ethics and wildlife (see bat-kill data). Growing levels of ugliness and noise would not have been tolerated in years before climate obsession took hold. ljaques November 16, 2018 02:12 PM Cool concept. Congrats, guys. I'm sure they'll find little niches.Now, how large will it have to be to do 2 things: 1) charge my phone and 2) thoroughly piss off my neighbor, in his $4M apartment in NYC?Won't these look cool hanging like airbags or barnacles off the side of billion dollar highrises? What a treat! akarp November 21, 2018 04:48 PM Not surprising from James Dyson. 'Air Multipliers' and other nonsence leads to these kinds of awards. :-( Robert Schreib February 2, 2019 04:30 PM ?? Years ago, I read a popular Mechanics article that described a telephone cable relay system that had a device called a 'Pneumatic Battery'. It consisted of a standard compressed air cylinder tank, and a set of steel washers suspended in a strong magnetic coil. Whenever the relay station, which was in very cold climes, which ruined conventional batteries, needed electrical power to transmit telephone communications, this device released a jet of compressed air through that washers and magnets device, and that made electricity flow through a wire coil between them, to supply the needed juice. What if we could set up something like that, atop tall buildings? If we made a very tall hollow air billows, that is shaped like a big wood screw, and anchored it securely to a rooftop, then, when the winds push it back and forth, it could compressed an internal reserve of compressed air or Nitrogen, to force the gas through a pneumatic battery like this, to supply some of the building's electric power needs. Further, we could add a steel spring-supported corkscrew-shaped air billows, in this thing's base, to push the air or Nitrogen back up into the towering billow unit, so the gas could propel the pneumatic battery with the to and for motions of this device waving in the wind. Or, we could innovate a small air turbine inside of this unit to indirectly propel a standard electric generator. Finally, it might be possible to wire a big slinky coil, throughout the length of this air billow tower, to enable it to be a radio antenna as well. And, the wood screw design would look artistically pleasing in an urban environment, if we put striped colors of all spectrums on it, like a barber's pole!