What if we could combine turbines with tourism – turbism? Tourbines? That’s what one design firm, On Office, wants to do on Norway’s coast. Their brainchild, called Turbine City, houses a posh hotel, swanky spa and culturally-stimulating museum right inside the base of a towering wind turbine!
Turbine City is a way to “spin” turbines in a new light for people who might think of them as unappealing eyesores, and could attract tourists, sailors, offshore oil-workers and others to see the beauty of wind farms with their own eyes. Plus, it makes a lot of sense to have the structures perform double duty as both energy harvesting devices and a place for people to find shelter and enjoyment.
To be located in Stavanger, Norway, Turbine City would also be self-sustaining in terms of power, needing just 1MW (from 8MW turbines) to run. Since Norway is somewhat (in)famous for its production of oil, Turbine City could also help gain the country some fans in the clean and alternative energy arenas.
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That is a very good brain thought and hope that it will materialise, this is because the last time i visited the Smøla wind farm, it appears not to offer so much for the tourism growth expectations as were projected and instead the local populace continues to visit the area and the increasing death of the White Tailed Eagles because of crush from the turbins, that used to attract great numbers of the Avitourists and Ontologists is now at stake and most environmentalists envision that there habitat now taken and with the increasing deaths, they might disappear soon. However, the question remains whether this will be off-shore or onshore and needs peoper EIA prior to its implemenation to avoid the senarios such as in Smøla although there is alot of debate and window dressing about it in the press. Student of NTNU
A hotel right next to a 108db turbine? Good luck with that!
Some of these designs seem pretty feasible, but how are people brought out to the actual site? Are these structures out in the ocean or just coastal areas? I suggest you take a look at this company; a green consultant firm called Synergy Industries or Synergy-Industries.com they specialize in energy independent buildings and have an interesting proprietary methodology. I did some consulting work for these guys and they are so secretive about their process the owner himself is the only one who actually designs the prototypes. They are located in Boston. I believe they do work for the government and the last thing I knew they were working on some projects in the Middle East. They have an awesome building called the Twin Windmill Towers! They are: http://www.synergy-industries.com/