Artist and designer Joe Doucet has invented a spinning, gridded wall that could harness wind power without needing giant turbines and large spaces for farms.
When someone mentions ‘wind power’, most of us think of massive white turbines in the rural countryside that require a ton of farmland.
They’ve become a huge success in the pursuit of clean energy. Wind power is one of the most popular sources of renewable energy in the US, and is predicted to be worth over $180 billion USD by 2027.
Not discrediting the contribution wind power has made to minimising our dependency on fossil fuels, it still remains a tricky technology to install and maintain. Wind farms can’t be used in heavily developed urban areas like cities, for example, and must be exposed to hefty amounts of wind in order to be reliable.
Designer Joe Doucet has developed a new concept that aims to alleviate some of these inconveniences.
Aptly named the ‘Wind Turbine Wall’, Joe’s design uses 25 small off-the-shelf wind turbine generators within an 8 feet wall construct. The wall can be scaled down or up to fit different spaces and would be ideally suited to heavily populated areas such as New York, Boston, or London, where turbines cannot be used.