Wanted to make sure you didn't miss this in the magazine (and at the ICFF show this past weekend).
A French team of an engineer and two architects have won this year's prestigious Metropolis Next Generation Design Prize for "Wind-it," a design to place wind turbines inside existing high-voltage electricity pylons. The winners are Julien Choppin, 31, and Nicola Delon, 31, partners in the Paris architecture firm Encore Heureux, and Raphael Menard, director of Elioth, a 20-person conceptual and experimental research arm of the large French engineering firm Iosis Group. The first non-US winners of the prize, Choppin, Delon and Menard were judged to have best met the 2009 Next Generation Prize Challenge: "FIX OUR ENERGY ADDICTION."
Wind-it answers one of the greatest challenges to the development of wind power: where to site wind turbines. Choppin, Delon and Menard's design uses existing infrastructure--the towers and pylons that dot the more than 157,000 miles of high voltage power lines in the U.S.--to locate their turbines, which can be stacked within already sited structures. Moreover, Wind-it solves the problem of linking energy generation and electricity transmission in the same way--by co-locating them.