New York City's Waterfront Gets Extended With Wave Power


Photo by Metropolis Magazine

Richard Garber and Brian Novello of GRO Architects have designed an extension to New York City's piers that would harness tidal power from the city's rivers.

The design concept, called Docking Stations, not only captures clean tidal energy, it also provides a public green space and tidal pools for wildlife. Of course, the hopes of harnessing Manhattan's renewable energy sources is nothing new. Recently a study from the Carnegie Institution and California State University found that high-altitude winds such as those found above New York City could power the world a 100-times over.
Photo by Metropolis Magazine

Each floating station would have three vertical turbines which are fastened to its underbelly. The turbines themselves would generate about 24 kilowatts of constant energy from the bi-directional 4 mph current. Adding these to New York City's 578 miles of waterfront could power up 350 LED streetlamps for the city. (Granted, that's only a tiny fraction of the power used in NYC--and we wonder if some smart energy conservation wouldn't wouldn't go even further...) Now they just need LED streetlamps...oh wait, they're working on that too.

The Docking Stations were part of Metropolis Magazine's Next Generation contest were featured in the May issue. And while the winning design--transmission towers with integrated wind turbines--is most definitely worthy, I really enjoy the increased awareness this design offers by having the turbines be a public space.


Photo by Metropolis Magazine


Photo by Metropolis Magazine


Photo by Metropolis Magazine

Source: Metropolis Magazine

Tags: Alternative Energy | Energy | New York City | Renewable Energy | Wave Power

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