Fans, climate change and vortices.

Climate change is increasing the demand for heating as well as cooling. Air-conditioners and heaters are heavy users of power, and new ideas as needed to reduce the consumption of electricity.

Inspired by nature, the fan Flair was invented. Biomimicry strives towards sparking ideas which are clean, green and sustainable. Nature has improved upon their designs for billions of years and nature uses as little materials and energy as possible to get the job done.

A problem with many fans is that they are noisy. Noisy fans are a sign of ineffeciency. Some fans on the market can be used for both heating and cooling but they are noisy and inefficient. In the winter, warm air accumulates near the ceiling while in the summer, cooler air sinks to the floor. So in the winter, you sit in the colder air while in the summer, you sit in the warmer air.

Human design is often based on the principle that straight lines are the best. Nature uses vortices, or whirlpoos, which are virtually friction free.

Any ideas about other areas where you could apply this technique to reduce friction?Any new innovative idea? Can you improve on the design of Flax and make it even more efficient?

Features photo By NASA Langley Research Center (NASA-LaRC), Edited by Fir0002 – This image or video was catalogued by Langley Research Center of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under Photo ID: EL-1996-00130 and Alternate ID: L90-5919., Public Domain,

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