Swedish Strawscaper harvests energy from the wind with a kinetic hair-covered shell

by , 03/04/15

https://vimeo.com/69116595

Urban wind farming is a challenge; it can often seem impossible to find a location for traditional wind turbines that doesn’t take up too much room or isn’t dangerous in an urban setting. Strawscraper solves this problem by using a hair covered shell that harvests the power of the wind without the traditional turbine.

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The system utilizes Piezoelectric technology, which turns movement into electricity that can be stored for later use. The hair’s tiny movement is safe for birds and humans and isn’t noisy like traditional turbines can be. But Strawscraper isn’t all about the brains, it also has the beauty. The hair covering the building creates the illusion of movement, giving the normally static city skyline the illusion of motion.

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The skyscraper is an extension of an existing tower in Stockholm, Sweden, which was completed in 1997. The original architect stepped off of the project mid-construction, leaving it 14 stories short of its intended height. Belatchew Labs stepped in to give new life to the old project with a new look and new technology that just may change the way we look at cities.

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via David Report

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3 Comments

  1. alexey turundaev May 12, 2015 at 9:12 am

    We are prepareing our solution which can design any existing building.https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/urban-windcatcher/x/9437446

  2. Littia May 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This is photo-shopped, right? The structure does not yet really exist, am I correct?

  3. legalegl May 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I just wonder how efficient the piezoelectric crystals are and how they are combined to produce a power output, and how constant the power output is.

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