Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wind Turbine Bridge

Designed by the design team of Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Sarcacino and Luisa Saracino, the Solar Wind has eco-friendly benefits and is located in a space usually overlooked...
Southern Italy is home to many unused viaducts. Instead spending the money in tearing them all down, the team proposes a design to install 26 wind turbines between the viaducts (of a specific bridge) that would produce 36 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
Additionally, the roadway across the bridge would be densely lined with solar cells coated in clear plastic, producing another 11.2 million kilowatt hours. Much like New York’s Highline, but on a much more grandiose scale, the entire viaduct itself would be turned into a promenade and park. Drivers may pull off to take in gorgeous coastal views, solar powered greenhouses would be installed along the bridge, creating an ultra-fresh farmer’s market.
 ...That's over 40 million kilowatt hours of electricity produced per year, enough power for 15,000 homes.

via inhabitat

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