Power Flower is an exploration by Amsterdam based NL Architects
to create aesthetically pleasing and adaptable windmills for use in all
environments, particularly in urban settings. To create a design that
is one part power plant one part art, NL asked themselves the question:
"Can we turn windmills into objects of desire?”
NL began by examining current windmill design: the typical
three-rotor, and horizontal-axis wind turbine (HAWT) design. These
windmills require a large amount of space around them to operate safely
and efficiently. This of course leaves significant unworkable space
between mills that could be used to capture more energy. Not to mention
they must be placed at a safe distance from homes, where that energy is
needed, a particular hindrance to use in urban settings.
To solve these problems and make wind power more applicable to urban
settings, NL took the vertical designed wind turbine "eddy” by Urban
Green Energy and placed them on the branches of tree-like bodies to
create an aesthetic and artistic design. Not a bad answer to all those
locals complaining about wind turbines ruining their views.
The Power Flower comes in two designs: uw(urban windmill)3 and uw12.
The larger uw12’s are around 19 meters in diameter and can be placed
just about anywhere from backyards to building tops. One uw3 can power a
typical US household a year and a uw12 can power 5 US households a
year. Although the Power Flowers’ lower heights decreases effectiveness
as compares to a full size HAWT turbine, efficiency is made up by their
close proximity to households, no wind direction requirements and minor