January: Innovative Thinking Time

Sudden thought

Whilst in Berlin no trip would have been complete without visiting the German Bundestag with it’s impressive blend of new and old Architecture binding together to form unity. But over shadowing this Grand Building was it’s four gigantic flags to each of its recently renovated corner towers. The energy flowing through these flags were immense.

The history of flags

Flags have been around and in use for at least 3000 years. One of the most popular uses of a flag is to symbolize a nation or country. Apart from the National flags with their potent patriotic symbols  we also have the international flags of the world consisting of The United Nations flag, The Olympic flag and The Green Peace flag. Every nation and identity has a flag. Humans love flags.

The acceptance of flags

On a visual level flags symbolize strength, unity and even promote Individualism. Through this man has grown to loves the power of the flag and it has become excepted from Governmental Buildings to World Summits to basically every festival and temporary event on earth.

So getting to the point!

The Science of Kinetic flags.

(Kinetic energy of an object is the extra energy, which it possesses due to its motion.) We’ve got kinetic energy plates for car parks; we have even got the ideas of “Giant Kinetic” sea snakes for the oceans so how about Kinetic flags. Surely we have the technology at hand to produce cost effective “nano” fabrics that entrap the “snap” out of the flag’s energy. Look into it deep enough and I’m sure nano solar technology can be incorporated into the same fabric so it could still achieve to create electricity on calm still sunny days and doubles up the usage of grid tied converters.

Added information. 21st January: Carbon nanotubes used to make batteries from fabrics. Article i just read. So now the fabric can also be a battery! BBC website.

Anyway just a thought like!


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