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Giant Duck To Act As Power Source For Copenhagen

13 October 2014
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The Energy Duck is a submission to the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2014, this year held in Copenhagen, Denmark. This giant solar panel covered duck has been designed to help Copenhagen to be the world's first carbon neutral capital. The main aim of the design is to convert the sun's energy into electricity using the solar panels combined with creativity and a hunt for green energy solutions.

Floating Energy Duck

Standing at 12-storeys high, the solar energy is converted to electricity using low cost, PV panels. The collected energy is stored within the waterbird’s belly. Some of the solar electricity is stored by the difference in water levels inside and outside the duck. Additional energy would be generated through hydro turbines in the base of the duck, with a special system allowing water to flood in before being pumped out. When power needs to be distributed, the base of the duck is flooded to bring about the necessary electricity to be transmitted to a national grid.

It is constructed from a lightweight steel frame which defines its shape and supports the solar components that form most of its outer body, specifically in areas that receive a good amount of solar radiation. On its interior, there is a honeycomb mesh of lightweight steel with PV panels in silhouette, back-lit by daylight streaming in through air gaps.

The giant duck can act as power source depending on the duck height from the water surface as a 40m-high duck serves a town; a 20m-high duck serves a village, and a 4m-high duck serves an individual house. The floating bird would also function as a tourist attraction, with low-power LED lamps on its exterior changing color to produce an entertaining light display each night.

Duck by night in the copenhagen harbour

Solar Panel energy of duck

Technical drawing of the external PV panel

site plan of where the ‘energy duck’

sections of the ‘energy duck’

The interior of the generator

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