Wednesday, 02 Feb, 2011 Environment

Solar Wind - Bridge that Harnesses Wind and Solar Energy


Italian designers Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino came up with a stunning design of a structure called Solar Wind. What is even more impressive is that this design can become a reality.

The structure represents a bridge with large wind turbines mounted under it, between the pillars. The bridge will traverse a valley with large open space and the wind turbines will operate at high altitude where the speed of wind is higher, thus more green energy will be collected.

In addition, the "Solar Wind" will be able to harness solar energy, since its entire road will be covered with a dense network of solar cells. The latter will be coated with a see-through and highly resistant type of plastic.

Because the bridge will handle high traffic, designers also offered a Solar Park on the bridge where people can enjoy the panorama, informs New Italian Blood.

It was said that the bridge will be able to generate 40 million kWh per year.

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//5 Feb 08, 2011 07:40 PM | posted by: Giovanni
gaetano, sorry but there are several ideas like these, you just didn't make it to mainstream media
38 votes

//4 Feb 08, 2011 05:55 AM | posted by: gaetano marano
sorry, but, this "original" idea is pretty close to MY idea of Wind Energy Skyscrapers power plants
MY idea was proposed and published in/from May 12, 2007 on my website and on several forums and blogs
41 votes

//3 Feb 07, 2011 08:39 AM | posted by: anjali
its very intresting and too innovative
43 votes

//2 Feb 04, 2011 07:51 AM | posted by:
I think that it will be better to use piezoelectric cells instead of solar cells.Because sometimes sunny conditions may not be there and in the night times the sun will not be there.So if use
piezoelectric cells,we can generate power when the vehicles move on the road or we can use three i.e wind,solar and piezoelectric generators.

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