GE Ecomagination: Prefabricated Hybrid Cupola

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.

Prefab Hybrid Cupola

image via GE Ecomagination Challenge

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.

This seems like a great idea to bring homecale renewable energy to the masses. If you agree, you can vote your suport for Harrington’s invention/concpet in this year’s GE Ecomagination Challenge.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Slaphappywink

      Has this been tried on a house? How much energy did it produce. I would live to try it, where can I get one?nslaphappywink@yahoo.com