Sunday, August 21, 2011

Solar Wind Bridge

Man was always intrigued by the future prospects of life and 'gadgets' which will exist. One future prospect could be the Solar Wind Bridge, designed by Italian designers Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino. The proposed bridge has turbines among the pillars whilst at the surface solar panels are located. The turbines will be able to produce 36 million KWh annually and the solar panels 11.2 million KWh annually. This energy will be enough to power a town of 15.000 homes a year.

Nevertheless the designers did not stop there. They thought to create a greenhouse as seen in the picture, where vegetables can grow and could eventually be sold to the drivers. However this project won second place in the competition "Solar Park Works-Solar Highway" which asked contestants to create an elevated highway which will connect the cities Bagnara and Scilla in Italy. Although being merely a proposal I think this is one excellent idea to implement where ever possible in order to promote natural resources, like the sun and the wind, which are of course free.

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