A new device could open more areas to wind production by using stationary airfoils instead of twirling turbines.

Past efforts to scale down the towering turbines that generate wind power to something that might sit on a home have been plagued by too many technical problems to make such devices practical. Now, however, a new design could circumvent those issues by harnessing the same principle that creates lift for airplane wings.

Known as AeroMINE (Motionless, Integrated Extraction) — the device can pull wind energy from a larger area — the AeroMINE’s rectangular face — than its turbine blades could on their own in a traditional setup.

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