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$48k for Power Independence

 - Mar 27, 2007   Updated: Aug 11 2011
References: quietrevolution & gadgetgrid
Looking to get off your local power grid? Here is a good way with the first of its kind "residential scale, wind turbine". From Quietrevolution, this uniquely shaped "wind-powered sculpture" captures air "currents near buildings and other structures, with carbon-fiber blades shaped to grab gusty city winds without making much noise." The only downside to this eco-friendly power plant is that it'll cost you $48,000 or "18 years to pay back your cost."

Implications - The 'Quietrevolution' was designed as a response to the demand for wind-powered turbines. The QR ensures that even in the harshest of wind storms the turbine will function efficiently. This is really a great concept that could have implication for how energy is consumed. Architects, designers and consumers alike are excited about the future of sustainable energy.