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Fields of Windstalks Harvest Kinetic Energy From the Wind

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On August 18, 2010 @ 3:55 pm In Art,Renewable Energy | 4 Comments

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Some consider wind [2] turbines to be garish blips on serene landscapes. Not so with this Windstalk concept, which utilizes a series of 1203 kinetic energy [3]-generating “stalks” to harness power. Designed for Abu Dhabi [4]‘s Masdar city, the project takes its inspiration from the way wheat fields blow in the wind.

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The 55 meter-high stalks, which are made of carbon fiber-reinforced resin poles, contain piezeoelectric discs and electrodes that generate current. The current is stored in two chambers that act as a battery [6]. LED lights placed on the pole tips glow or dim depending on how much wind is present. When wind [7] is completely absent, the LEDs stay dark.

The Windstalk remains a concept, although its creators say that “It is based on a set of systems that already exist and work.” No word on how much energy [8] a field of Windstalks could create, but we’re guessing it requires a lot of land to generate a significant amount of power.

+ Land Art Generator [9]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/windstalk-ed01.jpg

[2] wind: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2010%2F02%2F05%2Fturbine-light-powers-highway-lights-with-wind%2F&rct=j&q=wind%20inhabitat&ei=yDFsTNX5KIL6swOq56m7Bw&usg=AFQjCNFKFcux8axEqEMY4El3T0z3kdvs6g&cad=rja

[3] kinetic energy: http://inhabitat.com/energy/kineticenergy/

[4] Abu Dhabi: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CBcQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2009%2F04%2F02%2Fabu-dhabis-spiraling-helix-hotel%2F&rct=j&q=abu%20dhabi%20inhabitat&ei=ETJsTIqiHYy4sAPlpOSXBw&usg=AFQjCNHNOJO5667aCdB24vAynUjns-akYw&cad=rja

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/windstalk-2.jpg

[6] battery: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2F2010%2F06%2F23%2Fresearchers-develop-potato-powered-batteries%2F&rct=j&q=battery%20inhabitat&ei=_zFsTM3DEZD2tgON5bWyDA&usg=AFQjCNGf79AUDW4IlK0dNmswYo6DY8zhrw&cad=rja

[7] wind: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CB0QFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2F2010%2F08%2F09%2Fwind-and-solar-powered-eco-community-unveiled-in-brazil%2F&rct=j&q=wind%20inhabitat&ei=yDFsTNX5KIL6swOq56m7Bw&usg=AFQjCNFLYPlEwFeHwk0v1FDlFdOxoZaTRw&cad=rja

[8] energy: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CCUQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2F2010%2F07%2F20%2Ffirst-skyscraper-with-built-in-wind-turbines-opens-in-london%2F&rct=j&q=wind%20inhabitat&ei=yDFsTNX5KIL6swOq56m7Bw&usg=AFQjCNF-Oo00dVbvI4gbS_jHucsROJ6Bgw&cad=rja

[9] + Land Art Generator: http://www.landartgenerator.org/blagi/archives/902

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