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Straw Lampshade-Like Cover Turns Skyscraper Into Energy Harvester

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Constitution_man
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Re: Raggmopp
Constitution_man   5/31/2013 11:59:00 AM
It'd be a good idea to calculate the mass of the "straws" when their diameter triples [or quadruples] due to ice from freezing rain.  The resultant burden on the straws and on the structure could be devastating... and somewhat hazardous to folks afoot below!  The northern midwest US just experienced such ice coverage and lost tens of thousands of trees, power poles, etc.  Diameters of wires, branches, etc were as large as 4X due to the ice.

J. Williams
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Re: Skyscraper energy harvester
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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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.

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.

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Raggmopp
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.

 

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?

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? 

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.

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.

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.

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