"Art, Design and the Great Energy Transition" Presentation and Conversation

Sep 15, 2018
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pershing Hall

Did you know that public art can be a part of the solution to climate change?

On September 15th, the Energy Duck team will present alongside the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) directors at Pershing Hall on Governors Island. Come and take part in the conversation and share your ideas for how renewable energy can be beautiful.

Find out how new, low carbon energy technologies can become the actual media for creative expression—providing kilowatt-hours to the grid while also making our cities more beautiful, inspiring future generations, and helping to catalyze economic development.

The presence of solar panels, wind turbines and other renewables within our cities need not be purely utilitarian. We can instead present examples of renewable energy that rise to the level of cultural icons.

In doing so, we can excite and inspire people to want more renewable energy, not only because it is a required response to New York’s Clean Energy Standard, but because it is beautiful and culturally relevant. Who wouldn’t want to live in a carbon-free world where our energy infrastructures are cultural landmarks—monuments to the great energy transition?

Energy Duck is a perfect example. It’s a bold, iconic sculpture, a celebration of local wildlife, a renewable energy generator, an energy storage device, and a city scale information beacon. Energy Duck takes the form of a common eider to act both as a solar collector and a buoyant energy store. A boat-like hull keeps the structure afloat, whilst the external shape is formed from a light weight space-frame supporting a skin of PV solar panels.

The artwork is also an educational venue for learning about renewable energy. It helps to explain the “Duck Curve” for intermittent solar power generation and contributes to New York’s renewable energy future by storing the power it produces during the day and releasing it in the afternoon when the city experiences peak demand.

Header Image: Energy Duck, by Hareth Pochee and Adam Khan, is a work of public art that uses solar power to generate up to 400,000 kilowatt-hours per year with an integrated hydro-energy storage battery.

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Getting There
Minutes from Soissons Landing Minutes from Yankee Pier
Minutes from Soissons Landing Minutes from Yankee Pier