The Danish star architect Bjarke Ingels is building a waste incineration plant in his home country in which he intends to integrate an art project: a special chimney is to inform the inhabitants with steam rings about every ton of CO2 that is emitted. He wants to finance the extra chimney via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Copenhagen is to receive a waste-to-energy plant with an artistic extra: a special chimney is to inform the inhabitants with steam rings about every tonne of CO2 that is emitted.
By 2017, a new waste-to-energy plant will be built at the port of Copenhagen. It should become the cleanest power plant of its kind. And every citizen should be able to see that: A specially constructed chimney would show the inhabitants of the city how much carbon is released into the air. For every ton of CO2, a “poetic” steam ring rises from the chimney.
The Bjarke Ingels power plant project, with its team of 60 architects, has already planned the “2World Trade Center” and a large apartment building built in Manhattan and designed major projects such as the new Danish National Museum of Shipping in Helsingør and a 100-hectare eco-resort in Azerbaijan.
The chimney was designed in collaboration with rock scientists and combustion engineers from Ingels Peter Madsen’s Rumlaboratorium and the Danish Technical University. The system has three steam lines with different pressure, which produce the steam rings.
Kickstarter for the prototype
The project is close to the heart of the Ingels. Copenhagen is his hometown. The worse for him was the idea that the idea of the chimney could fail due to lack of financial resources. Therefore, Ingels tries to obtain the funds through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The required $ 15,000 have now come together. Significantly more. 16 days before the campaign ended, it was more than $ 25,000. With these funds, the final prototype will be built and tested first. Only then will the permit for the construction be obtained.
Two prototypes with different sizes of the steam ring have already been tested at their own expense in the past. The next and last prototype will now measure 5 meters high and 2.5 meters in diameter about one third of the final size.
Kraftwerk is also an art project
The idea of the chimney is based on a proposal by the Berlin artist group realities: united. By visualizing the carbon consumed, people are expected to regain more awareness of the environment. A look into the sky and the Copenhageners know how much CO2 is being burned in their city.
The first Prototype of the steam ring generator in April 2014.
“By not sweeping anything under the carpet, but projecting our carbon footprint into the skies above Copenhagen We’re asking every single citizen with intuitive information to help him find out about the choices he makes for his life and the city he wants to live in, “Kickstarter says.