@Mydesign – having small turbines on top of skyscrapers is a good idea; we need to use all sources of hybrid energy. We are still wasting a lot of natural resources. Solar panels and wind turbines are some of the best ways we could harvest the energy.
@NadineJ - I am sure there is a way to stop birds been sucked to the turbine. A simple solution I see is to have a mesh in front of the turbine, or probably a red flashing light to scare away the birds.
@Elizabeth – Impressive article, it's nice to see we are making use of the nature without finally destroying it. Renewable energy is what we need now as at the present situation we will very soon be short of fuel and other energy sources.
I do believe that the wind currents can also be tremendous between buildings, Liz. I know there have been cases where the low-prssure effects of wind currents between tall buildings have actually sucked glass panels from the exteriors of office buildings.
Interesting, Chuck. I think this also is meant to be used up high on top of buildings as well, which I think I mentioned in the story. So it would be able to take advantage of the wind up there. Probably both the building and the PowerWINDows installation would both be moving, which I think the engineers would have to take into consideration when they install it.
That is something I didn't think of, DB, but that could be a really good use of this technology, considering how some streets are like wind tunnels. I had a lot of experience with this phenomenon when I lived in NYC. I'm not sure, however, where the best place would be to put the technology, though. Although I'm sure that could be worked out by much more intelligent people than me.
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