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Published on February 3rd, 2011 | by Jo Borras

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The Windmill Bridge – All Bridges Should Look Like This

This gorgeous bridge design is the work of architects Giovanna and Luisa Saracino, who – along with design partner Francesco Colarossi – came in second in a contest intended to promote construction of a bridge connecting Bagnara and Scilla in Italy.

I can’t say why the design didn’t win (although I’d like to see at least one “massive, worldwide OPEC / Illuminati / gray alien conspiracy” in the comments), but a “solar highway” like this one could us the structure of the wind turbine as stressed members and structural support, and surely generate enough wind-power to supply nearby rest-stops and fueling stations, as well as supplement regional homes and businesses.

The innovative turbine bridge’s pedestrian walkway would be covered in electricity-generating solar panels as well as a series of small greenhouses, in a bid to promote local independent growers to set up shop in what would surely become a regional icon.

You can see more of the bridge designer’s ideas in the gallery, below.

SourceNew Italian Blood, via Gizmodo.


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  • http://Web Tim Cleland

    It’s a great idea to combat NIMBY (not in my back yard) syndrome, but I have to wonder if it’s really practical.

    • http://sunshinesupercars.blogspot.com Jo Borras

      Excellent! For those of you not “in the know”, NIMBY is a brilliant concept first introduced by the late, great George Carlin.

  • http://Web Brian

    I love the concept, but I wonder whether it would add a significant lateral load to the bridge structure.

    • http://sunshinesupercars.blogspot.com Jo Borras

      I’m sure it would, but I would think some of the vertical loads on the main supports would be lessened, due to the round shapes spreading that load across more area. Also, the rings would very probably help with lateral and torsional loads as well, since it’s very hard to “deform” round and triangulated structures, especially when compared to the (usually) vertical pillar structures some bridges use.

      I’m not sure I have the vocabulary for this – but I pass statics (albeit, in 1996), I swear! :)

  • http://adaros.blogspot.com AdamR

    Wow! A giant rotary seagull decapitator!

    • http://sunshinesupercars.blogspot.com Jo Borras

      I hadn’t even considered how this would impact restaurants. “Catch of the day” would suddenly have a whole new meaning!

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  • http://Web Reetina

    The windmill-bridge and solar power is sounds and seems to be a great idea for the environment. Although, I am not an expert, I wonder how it would work for traffic and smock. What kind of cars can drive on it. What I mean is, how about the car with gas? Are they suppose to use it or not. What would people do if it turns out only cars without using any kind of gas can run on the windmill-bridge, then there would be a huge problem for the change. Anyway, if this windmill Bridge is a good solution for saving the environment for better health, there must be always a way; and through it, is a will to do it. Therefore, let us be all patient with this process and challenges comes with for the future’s sake.

  • brian

    JUST MADE ME REALIZE HOW DAMN DUMB I REALLY AM!! I HAVE SPENT 20 YEARS AS A CERTIFIED WELDER(MULTIPLE PROCESSES) AND AS A UNION IRONWORKER & THE IDEA OF COMBINING THE WINDMILLS AND BRIDGES NEVER ENTERED INTO MY MIND..IVE HEARD OF BLOND MOMENTS-BUT-A BLONDE LIFE!! DUH!!

  • Dave

    How would any of those windmill airfoils actually drive turbines? It LOOKS really cool, but isn’t there usually some sort of transmission device to drive the turbine and generate electricity?

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