This month, Kyushu University Professor Yuji Ohya revealed wind collector/honeycomb structure set on the water that triples the amount of wind energy produced...! Not only is this great news in energy production, it is also located on the water not taking up any precious land.
The Wind Lens was unveiled at this month’s Yokohama Renewable Energy International Exhibition 2010. The structure works similarly to a magnifying glass that intensifies light from the sun — except in this case, the lens intensifies wind flow. Ohya’s design doesn’t have too many moving parts — just a hoop (AKA a brimmed diffuser) that “magnifies” wind power, and a turbine that is rotated by wind captured from the hoop. Each Lens, which measures 112 meters in diameter, can provide enough energy for an average household.