Among the hundreds of developments that seek to bring us a simple adoption of renewable energy, most of them are based on the use of the sun through photovoltaic panels, or wind in the case of the production of wind energy. What is a fact is that this technology continues to grow and new projects are emerging.
On this occasion, this is a great project that seeks to take advantage of air currents that pass under the bridges of great height, many of them located in areas where it is difficult to install other collection systems of renewable energy. We know more about this interesting project.
The structure of a bridge now as power generation
El Juncal bridge Gran Canaria has been under investigation by engineers at the Universities of Vigo, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Kingston in England, who based models and simulations have determined that a bridge with these characteristics, they could install a pair of wind turbines in order to take advantage of air currents and energy.
There are two possible configurations, the first equip the bridge columns with 24 small turbines under this configuration, installation, maintenance and cost would be ideal due to the low weight of each turbine, the detail is that the energy obtained is not sufficient to make it viable.
On the other hand, the second configuration tells of two medium sized wind turbines, where the facility would be the downside as well as the cost, but the latter would be justified to obtain energy, as in the simulations, this pair of turbines would be able to generate up to 500,000 watts annually.
The biggest benefit of a project of this kind, comes in the use of a structure that already exists, only the installation of wind turbines, which would reduce dramatically the costs would be needed. In addition to that the benefits would be enormous, as a structure of this type, with the conditions presented by the Juncal bridge would generate enough electricity for 450 or 500 homes average consumption and a reduction of almost 140 tons of CO2 annually.
Of course we are talking about a study, which has no plans to be implemented. The good news is that this research promoted by the company Area Wind Canaria SA ( ZECSA ) won its publication inRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, which has caused it to be considered within the project PAINPER (Plan of Use of Public Infrastructure Renewable Energy).