Engineers in France have come up with an artificial tree design that uses plastic wind chimes to generate a trivial amount of power.
Naturally, alternative energy-hungry members of the public think it's a great idea and there is no price tag high enough or energy output figure low enough to convince them it's a bad idea.
But I still think this idea will never make it big. Alternative energy structures disguised as trees have been around for years, but they fail to satisfy the most basic requirement of alternative energy technology.
How are people supposed to signal their financial sacrifices and social positioning if their alt-energy structures are camouflaged? They might as well be putting their solar panels at the part of the roof that gets the most sun, as opposed to the section that is visible to neighbors.