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Wind Dam Answered

Architects and designers Chetwoods have proposed building a wind dam. A giant sail would funnel air flowing through a canyon into a wind turbine to generate electricity. The pictures look unreal, even for CAD models, but the idea is pretty cool.

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dmac208
dmac208

11 years ago

ima make one in my house and tell u how it goes

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Plasmana
Plasmana

12 years ago

That is a really clever idea!

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robobadger
robobadger

12 years ago

Wouldn't want to be an engineer on that during a hurricane.

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Metallurgy
Metallurgy

12 years ago

I really think a cone shape would work better...something about the sail just dosen't click with me..Yes, the sail drives the wind to the turbine, but the angle from the point where the wind hits the sail to the turbine, is too steep.

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maninamousesuit
maninamousesuit

13 years ago

Iwonder would it be possible to scale the thing down. Maybe put it between your house and a shed and generate your own power?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I wouldn't see why not, as long as you could get enough wind potential directed where you wanted it to go.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Some skyscraper designs I have seen online have gaps in the middle where the building acts as a shroud to funnel wind onto a turbine.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

The skyscraper idea would probably work better then the ground level idea of between buildings, unless it was very windy there.

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maninamousesuit
maninamousesuit

13 years ago

so that was you with the lady of the night, a pineapple and a pair of jump leads? titter lol

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

That was no lady, that was my wife. (with apologies to Henny Youngman)

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maninamousesuit
maninamousesuit

13 years ago

ah feck! you changed your avatar again. Its like as if an old friend keeps getting plastic surgery..lol

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

It is kind of temporary until some ...stuff blows over.... ;-)

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 13 years ago

Female related I assume?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

specifically . . . the wife and finances - soon to be resolved... hopefully without need of any "dissolving" or absolving .

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maninamousesuit
maninamousesuit

13 years ago

hmm I suppose the prevailing wind conditions would be significant....Ah well this is the small dreams of a scorpion..I live in a housing estate with a three foot gap between me and my neighbours...(Bloody party mad russian navvies!!!)

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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

That is really awesome. It is great how companies are really starting to innovate energy efficient/producing products.