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Your Own Personal Wind Turbine

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the harness-the-wind dept.

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MikeChino writes "After two years of work, celebrated super-designer Philippe Starck has just unveiled two 'Revolutionair' wind turbines. Available in a 400W quadrangular turbine and a 1KW helicoidal version, each is designed so that anyone can put them in their yards, gardens or on roofs to generate power for their home. Starck has become a household name for his product designs, which raises the question — are the days of the designer wind turbine before us?"

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And... (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30937118)

Hopefully most of the birds it kills will end up in the neighbour’s yard.

And lose out yourselves? (1)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 4 years ago | (#30937278)

"Hey kids, the Johnsons did caught us some dinner tonight! Ma! Fry up these here sparrows into something tasty!"

It is a recession.

Re:And lose out yourselves? (2, Insightful)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30937734)

They’re welcome to ’em. I prefer doves or pigeons shot off the electric line out back; there’s no meat on a sparrow.

Re:And... (1)

sewiv (171989) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942474)

The design he's standing under won't have anywhere near the tip speed of the major bird killers.

Re:And... (1)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | more than 4 years ago | (#30944102)

vertical rotation turbines don't kill near as many birds as normal wind turbines. that being said, i lived with a small residential turbine for years, and it never killed one bird.

Re:And... (1)

pla (258480) | more than 4 years ago | (#30951686)

Hopefully most of the birds it kills will end up in the neighbour's yard.

I see this argument a lot, and... Well, I just don't buy it.

For one thing, birds have very sensitive respiratory systems - Nitrogen and sulphur compounds from combustion-based power generation kill far, far more of them than wind turbines ever could hope for.

For another, we don't tend to see a whole lot of raptors in residential areas; and the more starlings and pigeons they kill, the better.

And finally... Free catfood. Cool.

iQuiote ? (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942426)

hey, if you're going to put a big, scary, noisy eyesore in your yard, it might as well be a designer big scary noisy eyesore.

Wind turbines have a long way to go (1)

ALeader71 (687693) | more than 4 years ago | (#30943392)

This will all depend on liability insurance costs and getting permission from housing covenant authorities to erect these things. I'm betting a lot of residents will see turbines as unsightly. My proof is the refusal of the Kennedys to allow commercial turbines near their compound.

turn it into an antenna to get FCC trumpcard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30948092)

FCC ruling says they cant stop you fro erecting antenna/satelite dish, so just add some wire to turbine and turn it into self-powered antenna -- then the HOA/City Council... can suck it

Household name ??? (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 4 years ago | (#30952814)

Starck has become a household name for his product designs,

Starck? Who that?
Someone in the editorial team (!?) of SlashDot has either a particularly weird (single-person) household, or did an Art-School course in "Design" and only came away with one name in his lecture notes.

I wonder when the first artist's "installation" will appear with one of these that drives a pump to blow air in to further over-inflate the artist's ego. Now, where does that hose go? Smile, because this is going to hurt you rather more than it will hurt me!

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