This ingenious wall could harness enough wind power to cover your electric bill

In recent years, wind power has become one of the most popular sources of renewable energy in the United States. The wind energy market is projected to cross $180 billion by 2027, and just last week, the Biden administration announced its plans to line the entire U.S. coast with wind farms. “There are a lot of reasons why wind farms are in the ocean,” says Doucet. “These are massive towers; you’re not going to see them littered around the cityscape.” To be fair, many wind farms are in the ocean—or along the coast—because those are the windiest places that aren’t obstructed by buildings or other signs of urban life.

Doucet has built a prototype for a single spinning rod and run simulations based on that. The average annual electricity consumption for an American home uses a little over 10,000 kilowatt-hours per year. One of these walls would be enough. But where Doucet sees true potential is in larger-scale commercial buildings and even cities. “Instead of the typical retaining walls along roads and freeways, you’d have an array of these,” says Doucet, who says he’s in conversation with several manufacturers to help him bring the product to market. “With the added wind boost from trucks, our highways could take care of all our energy needs.”

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