There's a video making the rounds this week showing a new wind turbine design that its developers claim will be more efficient, less resource-intensive, and safer for wildlife than conventional turbines. But do the claims stand up?
Tunisia-based Saphon Energy's "bladeless wind turbine" has been getting a lot of attention on social media this week, a year after its being featured in a short and laudatory article on the website Treehugger. Despite the age of the article, the Internet seems to be treating the bladeless turbine as breaking news.
Regardless of the age of the news about Saphon's design, it seems too good to be true. A turbine that's smaller, more efficient, and safer than the big blade turbines you see on California mountain passes? Casual readers can be forgiven for wanting to believe. But when something seems too good to be true, it probably is.