Wind Power UnitPeter Dorsey - United States
A building’s power generation and supply system is typically grafted
onto, snaked through, or sandwiched between the structural systems. The
WPU is an attempt to integrate wind power into a construction system with
The WPU is an emergent system gaining strength and definition in multiple configurations. Each unit contains a small elliptical turbine inside of a molded fiber-reinforced concrete casing. The turbine generates a small electrical charge that is passed through, and enhanced by, a wall of multiple units to generate a substantial amount of power. The power requirements for the building designate the amount of units to be considered in the design.
The overall weight and total mass of the resulting module is approximately
the same as a regular concrete masonry unit. The basic shape of the turbine
casing is generated through computer simulation of wind turbulence effects
on a NURB solid with a particle field. Molds will be CNC milled directly
from the computer model. This form generation process allows an indefinite
number of end product variations, and it is feasible that no two construction
units would necessarily be exactly the same.