Metropolis Magazine’s 2009 Next Generation contest challenged designers to “fix our energy addiction.” The winning entry is such a brilliantly simple design that it’s amazing we haven’t implemented it alreadyCalled Wind-it, French designers Nicola Delon, Julien Choppin and
Raphael Menard have drummed up plans to install wind turbines on — and
inside of — derelict electrical transmission towers.
The new additions would pump wind energy right into the grid without
having to develop an extensive infrastructure. If a third of France’s
towers were installed with turbines, the team says, they could crank
out as much as two nuclear reactors — about 5% of the country’s power
needs. That may not sound like much, but it’s a steady stream of clean
energy, and it places the turbines — which are usually considered to be
eyesores — out of the way and, really, makes the transmission towers
look a little better.
Check out more variations of Wind-it down below or to read more on the winning design, jump here.