"Wind It" Concept Turns Power Lines Into Turbines
From the "making lemonade out of lemons" category of forward thinking comes the winner of Metropolis Magazine's 2009 "Next Generation" contest. The idea was for designers come to the table with ways to fix our addiction to energy, and the winner is Wind-it. Wind-it suggests installing wind turbines in, on, and around electrical towers, as well as the electrical poles that line our streets here in the (over)developed world.
The concept comes from French designers Nicola Delon, Julien Choppin and Raphael Menard, who pointed out to Metropolis that if even a third of France's towers had turbines installed, they could provide roughly 5-percent of the country's power requirement (or the equivalent of two nuclear reactors).
Giant spinning turbines are cool and all, but it's a better idea to make use of existing infrastructure. If these things end up adorning all of our electrical towers, the future is definitely going to look more futuristic. [From: Metropolis Mag, via: Dvice]