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Matt Flamm

Matt Flamm

Columbus, OH, US

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Turbine

Intervention
The sculptural vertical wind turbine is a design intervention intended to serve as a reformative educational tool demonstrating to the public how an energy intensive society can derive utility from the natural environment without dominating it. Realized as a series of installations in public plazas, the turbines would activate the public space with their illumination. They would stand as a beacon for the growing impetus in Western culture to regard the natural environment as an equal partner for a sustainable society.


Technology
The axial rotation of the sculptural wind turbine produces electricity to power LED luminaries through an induction alternator. Because the current of the alternator flips ever half cycle, a diode bridge is implemented to rectify it to DC current. In addition, a large capacitor is employed in parallel with the LED luminary to provide current smoothing for the variable frequency signal.

 
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Status: Under Construction
Location: Columbus, Ohio

 

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