RIBA National Grid Pylons of the Future
RIBA National Grid Pylons of the Future

Challenge

Incorporating Wind turbines into pylons. 

E-Pylon is a smart wind turbine pylon capable of harnessing wind power while also delivering electricity to our communities. It is a symbol of clean energy; the energy of the future. It is a smart solution to meet the demands of our existing and future generations in reducing carbon emissions and delivering clean energy.

The pylon’s frame is designed to allow for further conductors to be attached or to accommodate additional infrastructure. The inner turbine component can rotate 360 degrees along the horizontal axis to maximise its wind harnessing potential from any direction or when positioned at different orientations.

The leg of the pylon is optimised to minimise the space consumed at the base. The design of the leg allows for variations in heights, width and bulk to take account of local topography and ground conditions.

Harnessing the wind is one of the cleanest, most sustainable ways to generate electricity as it produces no toxic emissions and none of the carbon dioxide pollution that is driving global warming.

There are estimated to be around 88,000 pylons in the UK, and an estimate of under 40,000 wind turbines needed to power the country.

Why should we combine wind turbines with pylons?

This would minimise the environmental impact of building a separate wind turbine and a separate electricity pylon as individual structures. In other words, it would avoid duplicating each of these vast structures which require expensive and extracted materials.

The wind turbine pylon [E-Pylon] was featured in BBC’s Pylons of the future.

client

National Grid

What we did

Infrastructure & Industrial Design.

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