It’s a little house, essentially, for renewable energy generation at home, sure to pass muster with your homeowners association. After all, who could claim that the Prefabricated Hybrid Cupola is an eyesore? Clearly, you’re taking pride in your green tech when you house it in a structure such as this.
This working prototype concept by Todd R. Harrington, an architect and LEED Associated Professional based in the northeastern U.S., takes a vertical wind turbine and houses it in an attractive cupola, which falls roughly between the size of a bird-feeder and a child’s playhouse. When the wind blow, the turbine spins, creating wind power for use at home.
But as long as you’ve got an actual roof protecting that turbine from the elements, why not cover it in solar panels? Hence, the ‘hybrid’ element of the Prefab Hybrid Cupola, which brings both wind and solar power online at home to supplement household energy needs.