Well now, if this isn't awesome, I don't know what is. There's a streetlight outside the Panasonic Center in Tokyo that is function, beautiful, and entirely off the grid. The body of the lamp is composed of a vertical axis wind turbine and the top of the light is capped with solar panels.
During sunny / windy days, the turbine and the photovoltaics charge a battery that then keep the light blazing throughout the night. Unfortunately, solar and wind power have to be large-scale and placed very carefully to be profitable, and lamp posts are intrinsically small and must be placed where they're needed, not where the light is best, but that doesn't mean that this isn't awesome.
It does, however, mean that no one is getting a return on their investment. But sometimes things must be done purely because they are beautiful, simple, and convey a powerful message.
written by weee, January 31, 2008
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