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an intriguing eco-visualization concept, originally blogged in April 2005, recently seems to have become reality. "Nuage Vert" ("Green Cloud") is a city-scale light installation representing the actual energy consumption (& its accompanying environmental pollution?) of a coal burning power plant.

a high power laser beam illuminates the vapor emission of a coal burning CHP power plant, turning the smoke into a city scale neon sign. the green cloud then grows bigger in real time as local residents take control & consume less electricity.

[link: hehe.org & pixelache.ac (blog)]

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6 COMMENTS

"a high power laser beam..."

well, isn't that ironic?

Thu 17 Apr 2008 at 1:20 AM

Shouldn't it shrink in realtime as consumers take control and use less electricity?

Thu 17 Apr 2008 at 4:49 AM
Mike

Well Kevin beat me to it. Let's turn a high power laser beam on all night to convince people to use less electricity. Thumbs down.

Thu 17 Apr 2008 at 1:44 PM
Vincent

I'd just like to point out that high powered is a relative term. The high power in reference to green laser pointers is typically 100-300 mW.

In contrast to energy consumption of even say an incandescent light, that's pretty insignificant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_pen#Green_laser_pointer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incandescent_light_bulb#Power

Thu 17 Apr 2008 at 2:19 PM

It would make for an awesome Pink Floyd concert effect, tho.

Tue 22 Apr 2008 at 10:59 AM

@vincent: well, it was only an installation lasting a single week... but it looked impressive and raised thoughts on energy issues very effectively!

Tue 29 Apr 2008 at 8:18 PM
nina
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