Wind Knitting Factory

July 16, 2009

This is so cool…
“With the power of the wind, a knitting machine knits from the outside towards the inside of the building. The knitted material is harvested from time to time and rounded-off in individually packaged scarves. Each scarf has its own label which tells you in how much time it has been knitted and on which date.”

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Renaissance Pavilion

February 26, 2009

Renaissance Pavilion features an inflatable structural skin that is precision-cut by computer-controlled machines. It fully inflates in a little more than an hour, and the entire skin is 100% recyclable through a process called Texyloop.

Wind turbines will help generate the power needed to maintain the inflatable structure and any lighting systems deployed during the evening. The hope is that the pavilion will be completely self-sustaining and will provide a versatile performance space even in off-the-grid locations.

Extract from Various Architects

Zira Island

February 1, 2009

Zira Island is an architectural landscape based on the natural landscape of Azerbaijan.

This new architecture not only recreates the iconic silhouettes of the seven peaks, but more importantly creates an autonomous ecosystem where the flow of air, water, heat and energy are channeled in almost natural ways.

A mountain creates biotopes and eco-niches, it channels water and stores heat, it provides viewpoints and valleys, access and shelter. The Seven Peaks of Azerbaijan are not only metaphors, but actual living models of the mountainous ecosystems of Azerbaijan.

Extract from Arch Daily


January 3, 2009

You have seen solar powered gadgets, you have seen hand cranked devices, now there is wind power.
“HYmini is a handheld, universal charger/adapter device that harnesses renewable wind power / solar power and conventional wall plug power to recharge almost all your 5V digital gadgets.”
Claims on the web that you can have a talk time of 4 mintues on your mobile after charging for 20 minutes… how to charge?

Strap it to your arm and go inline skating… or keep moving your arms really fast… or go live in a windy place.

Extract from HYmini

Wind Lights

November 18, 2008

These Wind Lights measure in at just under 8″ tall, but they work just like their bigger windmill cousins, generating electricity through the power of air. Each tiny light uses a 2.4″ propeller to power a pair of bright red or blue LEDs.
The below is a massive installation featuring 1200 of these Wind Lights which illuminate as the winds blow in over the River Thames. Individual Wind Lights will soon be available for purchase from Mathmos for £12.
How about using it for highrise buildings in Singapore?

Extract from Mathmos

Energy Ball Wind Turbine

September 7, 2008

Swedish Home Energy has developed a small, silent wind turbine. The wind turbine called the Energy Ball has a unique six bladed rotor that encapsulates the generator.  Energy Ball is a plug-in type, just insert the plug into a standard electrical outlet and all power produced will directly benefit.

Extract from Home Energy

Firewinder® Windlight™

March 29, 2008

A decorative wind-powered outdoor light made with 14 ultra bright LED lights, which harnesses the power of the wind  to create simple lighted visual effect. Simply hang it up from a tree in the garden, on the roof terrace or mount it to a post or wall and watch it light up and glow every time the wind blows.

Extract from Firewinder