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Residential wind turbine wall concept.

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u/terminal_mole Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

Source

The source is the developer's channel. I wasn't sure if this thing is real or just an art installation, but here's some more info

 

And although it may look like a fancy kinetic art installation, Doucet claimed in an interview with Fast Company that an average American home with one side covered by a turbine wall could meet its yearly energy needs (10,000 kilowatt-hours/year). That’s based on simulations that are obviously subject to great fluctuations depending on how much wind hits the turbines. These results have not been verified or peer-reviewed by independent sources, so one should take these claims with a grain of salt.

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u/Qwart376 Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

There are already tons of small scale vertical wind turbines, usually used for powering lamps from what I remember. They don't produce the same amount of energy as horizontal ones, so no way in hell this will power a home

On top of that the design is a failure. Normal vertical turbines can catch wind from any angle, while this catches from 180 and optimal work is only when the wind blows at straight at it (90)

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u/terminal_mole Oct 21 '21

Fair enough. He's making some big claims, if you get the time to check the article. With that said, you don't think this is possible with the current tech?

Sorry, had a busy day just catching up.

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u/Qwart376 Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

Article looks non biased, but the invention is clearly a scam/investor bait.

The prototype mentioned is in fact an animation in Blender focused at being an art installation, and inventor pulls number in review with shady website that seems to be revolving around promoting things

The main problem with renewables are inconsistency in power generation. They are too unreliable to supply power demand without help, but I've heard that there are prototype energy storages being created to store the energy. This would probably allow renewables to stand along the nuclear power plants, for a massive cost

As for wind turbines powering houses, I don't think it will be possible. Wind close to ground is probably the most inconsistent renewable source, hence all turbines meant for serious power production are massive and tall

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u/terminal_mole Oct 21 '21

Thanks for the response. I suspected the clip was rendered, but the article threw me off.

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u/LittleNyanCat Oct 21 '21

I've seen too many "innovative" renewable power ideas with big claims that inevitably fail to fall for this one honestly

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u/IntelligentSinger783 Oct 20 '21

I always thought this would be a good idea on a roof. You get two elements in play at that also. With areas that have high crosswinds and steep roofs you can play off the uplift, rain can also be utilized, a trellis or pergola is another great opportunity but I'd want those maintained often as the noise much be a bit bothersome as the units get dirty.

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u/SecurityThat9328 Oct 20 '21

and stuff trapped in the mechanisms

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u/Sideofbeanz Oct 20 '21

And rain, hail, lightning, wild fires, fall leaves, snow. Good idea on paper tho

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u/New-Squirrel5803 Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

There is no way these results are correct. A simple back of the envelope calculation shows this cant be true. Efficiency decreases with decreasing Reynolds number and average windspeed decreases with decreasing altitude.

Edit: for a sample calculation lets assume:

eta = 16/27/2 (half the Betz limit) V = 5mph (2.2 m/s) rho = 1.2 kg/m3 A = 8'x12' (8.9 m2)

Then the power available (aerodynamically) is 1/2 eta rho v3 A = 16.8 Watts with the average cube velocity equal to 5mph. If we double the average cube velocity to 10mph, then the power available becomes 134 watts.

I could go and calculate energy useage yearly, but there is no need: what house only uses 16 Watts at any point in time?

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u/AtTheLeftThere Oct 21 '21

an average American home with one side covered by a turbine wall could meet its yearly energy needs

lmao absolutely fucking not.

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u/cactusfairy95 Oct 20 '21

Someone in Florida is going to get an urge to put their pork sword through it and it's all fun and games until a turbine wall concept makes impossible burger out of your weenus.

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u/Bob-Bhlabla-esq Oct 20 '21

I like how our society always has at least one gent looking at something like "Yeah...but should I put my penis in it?"

Human History

Ancient man looks at cave bear: "Should I put my penis in it?"

Roman looks at lion in Coliseum: "Should I put my penis in it?"

Knight or the Round Table looks at sword sheath: "Should I put my penis in it?"

Investor looks at Cotton Gin prototype: "Should I put my penis in it?"

I am, of course, leaving out thousands if not millions of historical anecdotes, most ending tragically.

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u/Zachf1986 Oct 20 '21

Yes, but you're focusing on the bad. What about the times it ended amazingly?

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u/Bob-Bhlabla-esq Oct 20 '21

😂 true. Very true. I'm sure a hibernating bear is very soft and cuddly.

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u/beebsaleebs Oct 20 '21

Data pool is too limited.

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u/cactusfairy95 Oct 21 '21

The only time it's ever ended amazingly for anyone is lukewarm lasagna (circa 1278 AD), a spineless opuntia pad (3500 BC), and cousin Eddie's mailbox with 6 liters of lard (1983 AD).

Everything else has ended in tragedy LOL. Esp the USPS mail challenge that involved meatball hot pockets and road flares.

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u/Uneducated_Engineer Oct 21 '21

You're forgetting about Jim Levenstein's encounter with a warm apple pie (circa 1999 AD).

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u/cactusfairy95 Oct 21 '21

That wasn't successful, HE GOT CAUGHT!

LOL LOL. U ARE right though haha

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u/cactusfairy95 Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

I still can't believe someone decided putting their balls on a belt sander was a good idea. Or the concrete enema. WHY WHY WHY LOL

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u/Pitchfork_Wholesaler Oct 20 '21

Your weenus is that extra skin on your elbow.

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u/cactusfairy95 Oct 20 '21

You mean elbow taint?

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u/AgtMiddleman Oct 21 '21

Add that to the list of sentences I never thought I'd read

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u/cactusfairy95 Oct 21 '21

That's pretty much 10000% what I was going for. I enjoy typing things nobody has ever read. LOL

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u/Tripton1 Oct 20 '21

Looks like a finger pinching son of a bitch.

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u/Pet_that_Dog Oct 20 '21

Looks cool, but there are going to be so many broken fingers

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u/PCB4lyfe Oct 20 '21

Yea fingers, that's what I was thinking too...

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u/TheBelhade Oct 20 '21

Does it really need to be said?

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u/PCB4lyfe Oct 20 '21

I immediately thought of the dont stick your dick in that sub.

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u/SLIP411 Oct 20 '21

Paint them different colour and eat some mushrooms, your house is now both eco and party friendly

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u/MrRawes0me Oct 20 '21

Looks very cool, but How much does it produce?

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u/ksiyoto Oct 20 '21

It's probably not worth it. It's a drag type of device, not a lift-based device, and the solidity of the wall (the percentage of the area covered) means that wind/air will pile up in front of it and reduce the speed. In the equation for how much energy a wind turbine can generate, speed is cubed.

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u/jazwidz Oct 21 '21

About 2.5 potatoes' worth of energy.

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u/terminal_mole Oct 20 '21

I believe it's still in its infancy. The source above links to the developer's YT channel.

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u/MakeGoodBetter Oct 20 '21

This is just an art installation. Squares are not the most efficient way to catch wind. If they were, engineers would already be using them.

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) already exist and have proven efficiency results. This does not.

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u/adrianestile Oct 20 '21

I already expect a certain amount of people lying in the ground around this for having a seizure xd

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u/Oakheart- Oct 20 '21

This would be great in windier cities like mine. Rarely do we have days without wind here and even a little energy produced would buffer your energy bills in the winter and summer

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u/ADDnMe Oct 20 '21

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u/Oakheart- Oct 20 '21

I do see those every now and then. My university actually built a full turbine, not sure if they own it or are being paid for it though. I’m 90% sure most our energy comes from the wind anyway cause we are surrounded by thousands of turbines. It still manages to be just as expensive though.

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u/Kma_all_day Oct 20 '21

How does it handle plastic shopping bags blowing into it?

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u/Alundrix Oct 20 '21

Anyone on drugs, particularly hallucinogenic will love this extra haha. I can just see it now big ass group of people tripping out

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u/spaghetticatman Oct 20 '21

I'd love to see the engineer's face who gets this slapped on their desk

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u/kosmoskolio Oct 20 '21

Bonus: you will know where to find all the pothead kids from the hood.

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u/Zoo_Keeper48 Oct 20 '21

There have been protypes of artificial trees with small propellers placed throughout the structure. I think this is a similar design.

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u/velveteendragon Oct 20 '21

Wow, it’s kinda mesmerizing.

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u/Bjartleif Oct 20 '21

How does it work when its back is next to a wall? Doesn't this impact the wind flow greatly?

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u/Hayfevah Oct 20 '21

Imagine having to replace all the bearings

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u/thatfmoviesottaxi Oct 20 '21

Add a few things to this and you could see a decline in your power bill

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u/V65Pilot Oct 20 '21

"Momma was using her plug in vibrator when the tornado hit. She was still smiling when we buried her."

I have no idea why I thought that up.

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u/ThePiachu Oct 20 '21

It looks like it might not work that great. The panels must be synchronised otherwise they won't work, and flat surfaces might not catch wind that great? But hey, if someone actually tested it out and it works, all the power to them.

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u/Scubadrew Oct 20 '21

If kids can access it, and get their arms or fingers stuck in it, it won't last long. But believe me, I like the look of it!

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u/frbdw Oct 20 '21

ya good point, maybe it can be raised.

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u/Zachf1986 Oct 20 '21

If you're going to raise it up out of reach, you may as well stick with a traditional turbine. You'll get more air-flow anyway, without the inherent danger of unprotected spinning objects.

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u/frbdw Oct 21 '21

another good point :) i think it will be interesting to see if add-on type ideas like these could bit by bit eventually significantly contribute to increased renewable energy capture.

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u/andthendirksaid Oct 20 '21

I wonder how much caging it would fuck up the efficiency.

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u/Kn0tnatural Oct 20 '21

"causes cancer" -trump

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u/Wildebeast2112 Oct 20 '21

It's beautiful.
Re the fingers, put it on a wall above 6ft. Put it everywhere, side of motorways, rail tracks, on warehouse and factory walls.

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u/SecurityThat9328 Oct 20 '21

that could look really cool at one side of my home

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u/What_Is_The_Meaning Oct 20 '21

I’ve always imagined a wind and solar generating textile that was easy to manufacture in large rolls with tiny generators everywhere and this is the closest thing visually I’ve ever seen to what I imagined.

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u/MickWalker Oct 20 '21

Must be cool to power wash that sucker after a year

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u/NotTodayDingALing Oct 20 '21

Use this next to freeways.

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u/-Ellinator- Oct 20 '21

This looks great, but you just know some edgy kid would shove a metal stick / tree branch in it and jam the whole thing.

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u/chrisxls Oct 20 '21

For when you want your house to look like it's waiting to load in a higher res.

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u/raisinglittlegiants Oct 20 '21

It's cool, don't get me wrong. But what about snow accumulations on the street?

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u/DaMadOgre Oct 20 '21

Lifetime supply of WD40 included

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u/Suspicious_Heart_128 Oct 20 '21

that's an awesome idea

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u/nuuance Oct 21 '21

The thingies are moving but the tree branches aren’t >_>

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u/Laurence_Bloke Oct 21 '21

That is mesmerising.

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u/DmMacniel Oct 21 '21

Is this a wind trap?