Philippe Starck’s Wind Turbine Design

by Mark R

When I first saw this device, I thought it was some sort of new TV antenna or something. Not that we need one, since TV is getting all digital on us.

I was very surprised when I found out this contraption is actually a wind turbine from a famed designer named Philippe Starck, a man who literally came out of retirement to create this energy-efficient device.

Believe it or not, this wind turbine thing can somehow crank out twenty to sixty percent of the power necessary for a house. This also has an unusual aesthetic, and this design comes in stainless steel, signal orange, or even transparent.

There is no doubt that future homes will want to be less dependent on “the man” for energy as their power bills keep climbing. Renewable sources such as solar and wind are the answer, but the question is: how effective are they?

I tried to find a photo of this turbine that would show the size of this item, and I was surprised by its scale. I have no idea if the device requires this odd looking frame to make it work. Maybe that’s how you channel the wind.

This device costs about $633, and should be available for homes in September.


14 reviews or comments

Richard Says: July 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm

$633 and you get 20-60% of power? I want to believe it but that just can’t be true

John Says: July 4, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Guys–Starck is a character on a scifi channel show called “Eureka.” The ‘inventions’ on the scifi website are fictional.

Richard Says: July 4, 2008 at 8:06 pm

so this isn’t real after all?

Ann Merritt Says: July 5, 2008 at 8:50 am

There may be a character named Starck on TV, but Phillippe Starck is a well know real life designer. Just google him and the invention- both are real.

Donnnell Says: July 5, 2008 at 11:19 am

Philippe Starck is a real person and the invention is real. He felt he had to design this because he felt everything he had designed before was useless.

You can watch a video of Philippe speak at TED at

Roy Forgy Says: July 6, 2008 at 6:55 am

Very cool, we need more of these.

Ann Merritt Says: July 7, 2008 at 7:25 am

Gadgets- try that online search again. The device was introduced at the Milan Greenergy design show earlier this year and will be available in Sept. 2008.

brian Says: September 20, 2008 at 5:45 am

well, it is september and i still can’t find it for sale anywhere. has anyone else seen it?

Jacob Says: December 12, 2008 at 11:01 am

Hmm..its Dec yet I don’t find it for sale anywhere. Even its manufacturer, Pramac, doesn’t have the product listed on its website… this all sounds like a publicity stunt to me. Or just more BS from an industry that famous for it.

On a more serious note, why is this Mark R guy who wrote the article simply taking these claims at face value? This industry is full of BS. A study done by MIT showed that small wind turbines produce less than 30% of what the manufacturers claim, on average. Knowing quite a lot about this industry, I would peg the number for this turbine at even less than that. I can’t see the torque needed to start turning a generator. This is all pointless anyway, look up Newton and Betz. Energy extraction from wind is all based in physics. There are laws that govern what can be produced. At the rooftop level, the wind simply isn’t there. Its not the case that you get the same output form 3 mph winds for 2 hours as you would 6 mph winds for 1 hour. It isn’t a linear relationship. It would take almost 2 days of 3 mph winds to get the same output from a single hour of 10 mph winds. The relationship is that drastic. That’s why turbines are so high in the air, thats where the winds are.

I hope to be proved wrong though, coal fired utility plants have to go!

Joe Says: April 30, 2009 at 8:10 am

Excellent points Jacob. Any current news on this item?

Carlos Barrera Says: August 28, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Proposal Technology Submission:

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