Paris is a fashion capital, known for elegant designs and timeless classics and it is now setting the trend for stylish wind turbines. Designers (or technically manufacturers) have based their model on a classic park tree and NewWind hope the wind turbine will be less visually intrusive and may even offer a calming presence.

Measuring 11 meters tall, eight meters in diameter and featuring 72 artificial leaves -which are actually tiny turbines- a wind tree is expected to generate 3.1kW. They are completely silent and the aim is to install them among real trees in public parks.

Will birds notice the difference? Only time will tell.

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