Winner: Lighting Design of the Year 2018 and Winner: Design Project of the Year 2018. These smart kites designed by Studio Roosegaarde create green energy as they twist in the wind.
Windvogel have the potential to create up to 100 kilowatts of green energy and the string of the kites are luminous, meaning they glow in the dark. "You have these beautiful dancing lines of light floating in the air and at the same time producing green energy," said Daan Roosegaarde.
The smart kites, designed by Studio Roosegaarde, floated in the air at the Icoon Afsluitdijk exhibition in 2017. The kites were attached to a dynamo generator by a cable and energy was generated by the push and pull of this cable, like a bicycle.
Roosegaarde wanted to bring green energy, art and landscape design together through the Windvogel project.
The idea for Windvogel was conceived when Roosegaarde came across a project dreamed up by the late Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels, who had started developing an electricity generating kite before he died in 2014.
Judges comments: "This is an extremely poetic and beautiful way of harvesting energy, whilst providing an immediate understanding of value through its visual form."