It is able to generate less noise, is less visually obtrusive, and minimises the threat to birds - which will hopefully help to put to bed some of the more dubious issues and claims made against wind power technology by its detractors in recent times.
Using a design based on the graceful motions of the hummingbird, it replaces the wind turbine's traditional rotational motions with a linear one, which allows it to take up a much smaller footprint - allowing for large-scale deployment in areas with less space.
The Tyer Wind Converter essentially employs biomimicry to emulate the flapping of a hummingbird's wings, and its design is said to effectively convert linear motion into a rotational or reciprocating motion "in a very efficient and natural way."
It's not specifically a small wind machine, as the company appears to be envisioning large-scale deployment of the technology, but the working model is clearly in the micro-to-small-scale wind category.
Instead of three spinning blades that take up a lot of space, and need to be installed high off the ground, the Tyer Wind Converter uses a pair of wings, each over 5-feet long, flaps back and forth in a figure-eight motion in the breeze.
Because it requires converting linear motion into a rotational one, the turbine doesn't generate energy as efficiently as traditional rotor-based designs (rated power output is only 1Kw), although the less visually obtrusive design should make them a lot more palatable for use around residential neighbourhoods and other densely populated areas.
The machine is currently in the testing stages, with working prototypes being put through various conditions - specifically, looking to determine its real-world performance in terms of power efficiency, aerodynamics, material resistance, and durability.
Tyer Wind is an innovative start-up operating in the field of wind energy R&D and is based in Tunisia.
The project is a private initiative that is not supported by any public research institutes or government-related entities, and is financially supported by two prominent private investors from Pakistan and Algeria.