Here is a project by NL-architects (+) widely published and heavily criticized by a wide audience in the field of design, known as “power flowers”.
Basically, is an investigation of how much can we take out of wind energy by introducing a more sculptural identity to the up-to-date boring machinery.
Can we turn windmills into objects of desire?
“Until recently we focused on turbines with 3 blades. These omnipresent mills are at this moment the most successful producers of wind energy. In order to be fully effective, to neutralize the effects of turbulence, the spacing of these windmills needs to be 5 times the rotor diameter. Since they require these enormous intervals, our main concern was to find ways to optimize space consumption. Can we “densify” the grid?”
“…is strong, affordable and silent. Because of the vertical axis design it can produce energy with wind from any direction. It can be mounted virtually everywhere! Our only effort is to design an attractive fixing device and to orchestrate these flower-like turbines in a refreshing way”
I am no specialist, but after discussing and reading about this project seems that the most general comment is that for a uni project it would be fantastic and definitely able to get away from every possible jury but in reality…
“photoshop will not save the world”
however, energy is always a hot topic these days and we are constantly looking for new enthusiastic proposals by architects and designers..