Monday, February 1, 2010

Modern Magnifying Glass or Turbine

Wind chimes, windmills, and wind turbines. Boy, we have come a long way in helping to make wind energy a popular renewable for rural and urban areas. Placed now at the top of the wind list are micro wind turbines that are taking on new shapes, sizes and materials that get your heads turning and flipping. As is the case with the blades of Phillipe Starck micro wind turbines, which are made of transparent plastic. The turbines were officially debuted after a lengthy 2 years of research in collaboration with the Italian company Pramac.

This quadrangular model ($4,500 Euros includes installation) with a power output of 400W and the helicoidal shaped form can generate power of 1 KW (with wind blowing at 14 m per second). The energy can be stored in a battery that is passed through inverters to make the proper voltage of electricity commonly used for home appliances, computers and general consumption. As for next steps with innovation and design, take it from Starck who says, “E
nergy should not be a punishment, we should create a desire among people to produce it. I would love to see them on sale in supermarkets."

Image Source: Design Boom

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