Wind energy has played a key role in helping national grids around the world reduce dependence on fossil fuels to generate energy, but the wind turbines for the home have encountered very slow uptake due, in part, to their intrusive physicality.
The New York-based designer and entrepreneur Joe Doucet has designed the Wind Turbine Wall, a project that blends art and technology into a novelty solution that aims to power our homes. Designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional, this “kinetic wall” is made up of an array of rotary blades that spin individually, driving a mini generator that creates electricity. The electricity is utilized in the home or business, can be stored in a wall-mounted battery, or can even be fed back into the national grid to provide revenue for the owner.
The turbine blades can have different designs and thus create an artistic impression as desired. In its current iteration, the wall is made up of 25 off-the-shelf wind turbine generators – the middle part of the blades spin around. These are attached to 25 vertical rods with square panels attached alongside them. At the moment, the wall is 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall and 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide, but the design can be adjusted according to the user’s needs.
According to the designer, the inconspicuous wall of wind turbines can hide in plain sight and produce over 10,000 kilowatt-hours per year, enough to power an American home.
Doucet envisions a framework made of aluminum, which can then be clad with any lightweight material. The designer has also said that he is in talks with manufacturers that could see the product brought to market sooner than expected. An ingenious project that could be an eco-friendly response when it is impossible to implement a traditional wind turbine.