wind chimes photo: Dr. Starbuck, via Flickr -cc licenseWind power conjures up images of giant spinning turbines, but one day it could be as close as those wind chimes hanging from your porch.

Inspired by the gusty winds that make stop signs quiver and leaves flutter, a research group at Cornell University is developing a compact low-cost device for converting wind into electricity. Instead of blades turning on a rotor, it consists of a rack of flat panels that capture the vibrations from wind.

(READ more in Clean Technica)

Photo: Wind chimes by Dr. Starbuck via

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