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Straw Lampshade-Like Cover Turns Skyscraper Into Energy Harvester

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Elizabeth M
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Seriously cool technology
Elizabeth M   5/30/2013 8:49:57 AM
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So the implementation of this is a bit far off in the future, and there is no telling if it will work in practice, but the idea of turning skyscrapers into wind turbines is, in my opinion, seriously cool. There is so much wind energy to be harvested in cities, which themselves use so much electricity. If some or maybe in the future all of this could be transferred to wind, that would be really something. Even if this doesn't work, the idea that some creative people are thinking way out of the box to create such innovations is inspiring and could lead to other related inventions as well.

TJ McDermott
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TJ McDermott   5/30/2013 12:05:00 PM
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The technology IS cool, but aesthetics will always have a large say in what gets built.  The building does not look very attractive, more like it needs the efforts of a good groomer.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/30/2013 1:03:59 PM
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That's a clever idea, although I agree with TJ--wish it was better-looking.

a.saji
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a.saji   5/31/2013 12:56:52 AM
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@Ann: Yes the concept is good but the design is awful. Im not sure why they selected that kind of a design.

j-allen
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Skyscraper energy harvester
j-allen   5/31/2013 8:26:57 AM
I wish the author had extracted his slide rule from his rectum and shown some calculations on just how much energy this system would harvest.  Would it, for example, deliver enough over a month to wind a watch? 

cwoodhouse
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Abrasion
cwoodhouse   5/31/2013 9:03:36 AM
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Have they considered the abrasion of the straws against the building.?   It wont be more than a few month before the clear glass windows become a frosted opaque.  Won't the straws break?  What material can flap in the breeze months on end and survive?

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Corona Rich   5/31/2013 9:15:42 AM
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I really, really like this from a asthetics point of view.  I can imagine the building having an "Amber waves of grain" effect that would be quite interesting.  It would help to balance the movement of the straws with stationary features, so the whole building doesn't look like Sully from Monsters Inc!

Practical?  I can see standing the straws away from the building to avoid abrasion with the windows, but I get seasick easily and flickering lights make me dizzy.  I'm not sure I'd like a window office!

But I like the low-impact energy-producing concept.  I routinely travel past the hundreds of wind generators in the wind farm west of Palm Springs and wonder if there could be a better way.

 

NadineJ
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NadineJ   5/31/2013 10:22:55 AM
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When I heard about this on the radio a couple of weeks ago, it seemed subtle.

This is hideous as a buidling!

But, it could be used for public art.  I like the "amber waves of grain" idea.

Ratsky
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Ratsky   5/31/2013 11:28:42 AM
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This has a real '60s-'70s look.  IMO, "hideous" is a rather mild adjective for this monstrosity.  As one who investigated several possible approaches for "clean" energy back in the REAL '60s, I'm pretty skeptical that this could ever be practical, let alone economically successful.  The Law of Unintended Consequences is universally ignored in most analyses of these "hair"-brained schemes.

J. Williams
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J. Williams   5/31/2013 11:32:47 AM
Yeah, I'm with you.  Give me a figure of merit like dollars per installed watt and then let me get over how stupid it looks.

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