Green Power Island
Gottlieb Paludan Architects has created the visionary project “Green Power Island” - an innovative and international approach to ’the missing link’ for a full-blown transition into a green energy paradigm; large-scale energy storage.
The demand for renewable energy rarely matches the production level precisely over time. For this reason, renewable sources of energy cannot yet fully replace conventional power plants. Green Power Island proposes a method for storing renewable energy whenever the amount of energy generated exceeds the actual demand. The artificial energy islands are constructed with deep basins. When there is surplus energy in the system, the water is pumped out of the basin. When the energy is needed later on, the seawater is led back into the basin through turbines, thus regenerating 75% of the electricity.
The basin, which is never emptied completely, can be used for aquaculture, either to raise foodstuffs (mussels or algae) or cultivate algae for use in biomass facilities or for animal fodder. Depending on the size and location, the energy storage function can be combined with a number of synergetic purposes.
Designs have been developed for a number of low-lying coastal regions including Bahrain, Florida, Eastern China, South India and Denmark.
- Transforming systematic technical challanges into architectural design solutions in close collaboration with leading energy specialists.
- Designing a megastructure that integrates a viable, renewable energy production with recreational, landscape and marine qualities.
Read more: http://www.greenpowerisland.dk/