Copenhagen Energy Duck

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The ‘Solar-energy Duck’ could soon be generating renewable power for the people of Copenhagen. The ‘duck’ was part of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition and powerful response (visual as well as electric) to Copenhagen’s desire to become a carbon neutral city by 2025.

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It is the brainchild of a team of artists and designers from Britain (Hareth Pochee, Adam Khan, Louis Leger, Patrick Fryer) who have created a fanciful, entertaining sculpture that also doubles as a solar-collector and floating energy store. The site for the ‘energy duck’ is the Copenhagen harbour, where it would function to convert solar-radiation into electricity via a skin of PV panels.

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The duck stands 12-storeys high and is constructed from a lightweight steel space-frame which both defines its shape and supports all solar components. Its energy yield would be approximately 75% that of a standard solar farm on the same site and all the electricity it generates is expected to be sent to the national electricity grid. The ‘energy duck’ has also been designed to be scalable depending on need (i.e. 40m duck serves a town; 20m duck a village, 4m duck a house).

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This is most definitely a powerful re-imagining of a power generator and from that standpoint alone makes a great conversational piece to develop energy awareness. Eccen-electricity!

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