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April 04, 2011

An alternative to giant wind farms

urban windmills pictured in a city park

Given how clean wind-power is, it's amazing what a royal pain in the ass it can be to get a major wind farm approved and built. According to this article on Fast Company's design website, many of the objections to wind farms are because of the very large size of the turbines. The Dutch design firm NL Architects proposes to make all of those problems go away by replacing the typical collection of large wind turbines dropped into relatively pristine or scenic vistas with armies of small turbines dumped throughout the urban landscape.

They'll arrange their mini-turbines into vaguely tree-like structures they're calling Power flowers and would plant them like trees in urban parks, along roadways and sidewalks, etc. The group is in conversation with the city of Amsterdam about a pilot project.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at April 4, 2011 07:11 PM

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