Miriam English emailed me with the link and original post by Barbara
Lamar. It follows. Thanks Miriam!
On the subject of weaning from using oil as fuel ...
Worth taking a look for the pictures alone.
Buildings with integrated wind turbines could generate at least 20
of their own energy needs, and perhaps all. They would be more power
efficient than ordinary wind farms or solar powered constructions, say
A team of aerodynamics engineers at the Rutherford Appleton
Energy Research Unit, Oxfordshire, UK, has come up with a design for
multi-tower office building or block of flats with wind turbines fitted
Curved towers would funnel wind towards the turbines and improve
they say. Preliminary testing on an seven-metre prototype indicates
design could be twice as efficient as a stand-alone wind power
despite the fact that it does not move to face the wind. Wind speeds
urban areas are typically about two thirds of those in rural areas, so
extra efficiency is vital, says the team.
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