spinning streetlights

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yesterday i stopped by the panasonic center in tokyo and i saw these graceful solar and wind-powered streetlights – so-called ‘seagulls.’ they generate power during the day, storing it in a battery at the base of the light pole, and illuminate at night while continuing to generate wind power. although it seems unlikely that they have a fast energy payback these are add a dynamic design touch that makes them mesmerizing to watch and bring a little festivity into the city:

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5 Comments

  1. Joseph Kohler
    Posted January 30, 2008 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Functional, beautiful and visionary. This way of thinking and acting is the hope of our planet’s future.

  2. Posted February 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I am all for renewable energy sources, but as I posted on Carbon Copy in October last year, this method is little more than cosmetics and good public relations. There are better ways to use renewable energy to power street lights.

  3. Posted February 19, 2008 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely find this soul-satisfying. I had grown so weary of receiving filth, stupid offers, news I had not sought about “entertainers”
    you name it. This is just what I needed., reading comments from intelligent good people. Just had to put my feelings down and out into cyberspace just for me.

  4. Posted September 4, 2008 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    this is a great innovation, if implemented on a wider scale energy consumption by lighting can be reduced drastically.

  5. Posted September 4, 2008 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    This is a great innovation, Through this was lighting energy consumption can be reduced drastically.

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