Gallery: VolcanElectric Mask: Skyscraper Protects Cities from Eruptions...

Volcanic eruptions are generally regarded as a natural phenomenon best experienced from a distance. But a group of designers from China think they can tap into and harness a volcano's energy to produce electricity for nearby cities while protecting residents from the dangerous eruptions. Jing Hao, Zhanou Zhang, Xingyue Chen, Jiangyue Han, and Shuo Zhou received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition for their VolcanElectric Mask, which proposes covering a volcano in a giant shield. The megalithic structure includes a co-generation plant to create electricity from volcanic heat, research facilities and even tourist attractions for when the volcano isn't set to explode.

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  1. Manuel Frias-Alcaraz April 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Available at there is document entitled Mexico City Valley. The Popocatepetl Volcano both, in English and Spanish. It includes schematics, figures and basic tables.

    The document talks about the potential to extract and channel some of the vast geo-thermal energy expelled by the Popocatepetl Volcano. By doing so, there would be a possibility to replace the usage of large volumes of hydrocarbons currently consumed by the electric and oil industries in Mexico. It would also represent an alternate energy source, not to mention the innovation needed in order to set up extracting wells at an incline directed at the volcanic deposits.

  2. bthinker March 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I suggested this like 10 years ago, but since have learned how much of a function volcanos play in working as the planets pores of sorts. You need to release the gas at the least if you’re going to bottle the heat. I remember them talking about planting deep pillars to geothermal capture off magma pockets. I can’t say I want these wide spread or castrating to the natural cycle, but in some spots they will reap some major benefits.

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