Wind energy harnessed by hair

Wind turbines have to largely been deemed unsightly – they produce clean energy but there seems to be a real ‘not in my neighbourhood’ attitude to them. But architects have come up with an alternative way of harnessing the winds natural energy.

Belatchew Arkitektur are planning to fix moveable straws made of piezoelectric composites (materials that generate electricity when they move) to the exterior of Söder Torn, one of the tallest housing blocks in Stockholm.

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).

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