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Cool bridge made of 27 wind turbines

Whoever thinks wind turbines are ugly hasn’t seen this bridge. The Solar Wind design placed second in an international online competition held by the website New Italian Blood. The point of the contest was to design an environmentally-friendly bridge that crosses the Italian municipalities of Scilla and Bagnara.

The bridge would utilize unused space between the supports by installing 26 wind turbines, which would produce 36 million kWh in one year. Not only would the wind turbines provide energy, but the bridge would include a 20 km solar roadway that would produce approximately 11 million kWh in one year. The combined solar and wind power would produce enough power for 15,000 families.

There would also be a public park on the side of the road with scenic viewpoints and greenhouses, where citizens will be able to buy locally-grown, fresh produce. Wind turbines, solar power, local food, and scenic viewpoints, all on a highway. What more could an eco-conscious Italian ask for?

The current bridge is in need of an upgrade and has been described as “imposing” and “audacious” by the Regione Calabria town planners who helped write the rules for the contest. Even though the bridge came in second, hopefully it can be used as an example for other “imposing” bridges scattered throughout Europe and North America.

[New Italian blood]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000630486513 Cathy Minard- O’Shea

    This is a beautiful design with more purpose than just any bridge. Giving it a way to give back energy and also be a more beautiful bridge than most is more than a great reason to be built! These should be all over the world! And, in answer to Evan, being in a valley, it gets a constant updraft and has probably some of the most consistent airflow than most turbines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.murdock Evan Murdock

    This is a terrible idea. Why would you put wind turbines in a location with the worst possible wind resource? There’s a reason they generally put them high in the air – you need as strong and non-turbulent a wind as possible.