“The design of biomimetic inspiration allows seamless integration into all types of landscape, whether urban or rural,” NewWind writes on its website. “All the technology is invisible; no cables or apparent generators. Everything is integrated into the branches and trunks.”

The organisation adds: “By combining a large number of micro-turbines in an organic form, the Tree Vent is able to exploit any kinetic energy and accumulate Watts.”

Each Tree Vent is able to produce 3.1KW, Tree Hugger explains. That’s not a huge amount, but could be harnessed to power city street lights, or in a group, power buildings.

Courtesy: New Wind

Tree Hugger says the Tree Vent is the idea of French entrepreneur Jerome Michaud-Laviere, who noticed the way the wind rustled the leaves on the trees. He saw them being lifted and spun around and thought an energy device could do the same to generate energy.

Now, the technology is going to be installed — or planted, perhaps — for the first time. New Wind has announced that on May 12, one of the turbines will be placed at the Place de la Concorde in Paris as a public demonstration. The idea is to show people that renewable energy doesn’t have to look bad.