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Help BIG turn fiction into fact by transforming the smokestack, a symbol of the industrial era, into a communicator for the future.
Help BIG turn fiction into fact by transforming the smokestack, a symbol of the industrial era, into a communicator for the future.
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By 2017 the citizens of Copenhagen will not only be able to ski down the cleanest power plant in the world - their perceptions of what a power plant can be will be challenged by an art piece that raises awareness of our carbon emissions. The world’s first steam ring generator will puff out a steam ring for every ton of CO2 emitted by the plant. Help us turn fiction into fact!

By sweeping nothing under the carpet, but rather projecting our carbon footprint onto the Copenhagen sky, we provide every single citizen intuitive information to help them inform the decisions they make for their lives and for the city that they want to live in.

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Based on an original art proposal by the Berlin-based artists realities:united, we are designing the chimney to utilize the plant’s excess steam in collaboration with Peter Madsen's Rumlaboratorium, as well as the Danish Technical University. In the future, if you come to Copenhagen, all you will have to do is look at the Copenhagen sky and count the rings. Each one will signify the emission of a single ton of CO2.

Diagram of the prototype which is one third of the real steam ring generator
Diagram of the prototype which is one third of the real steam ring generator

We will use this funding to build our final prototype and test it before we get approval to build and install the real thing. You will be a part of history, making the world's first steam ring generator. 

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Copenhagen Waste To Energy Plant
Copenhagen Waste To Energy Plant
Currently under construction, June 2015
Currently under construction, June 2015
Completion in 2017
Completion in 2017
The plant has three steam lines with different pressure that are used to create the steam rings
The plant has three steam lines with different pressure that are used to create the steam rings
Previous prototype from April 2014
Previous prototype from April 2014
With your help we will build the final prototype before installing the real mechanism into the completed plant
With your help we will build the final prototype before installing the real mechanism into the completed plant

Risks and challenges

The design of the steam ring generator itself is rather unique . We have teamed with rocket scientists and combustion engineers to design and build working prototypes. We have already successfully tested two previous prototypes in August of 2014 and April of 2015 to create a steam ring that was sized 1 to 10 of the final desired effect. We financed these first two tests ourselves. These prototypes although successful have also had their fair share of challenges.

By scaling the next prototype up to one third of the final size – now measuring five meters in height and 2.5 meter in diameter – we will encounter new challenges but are very optimistic that these too will be overcome.

With the funding complete we will set off to build this third and last prototype before the final version will be built into the Waste to Energy Plant currently under construction in Copenhagen, Denmark and to be completed by 2017. Help us and be a part of the world’s first steam ring generator.

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    Thank you for helping us turn fiction into fact by supporting the latest steam ring generator prototype.

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    An A3-sized poster of the Amager Waste-to-Energy Plant designed by BIG and plate signed by Bjarke Ingels.

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    Make history by financing the latest prototype to create the first ever steam ring generator. You will be one of the first people to see the official film about the Waste to Energy Plant in Copenhagen which will be out when the power plant opens to the public.

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    A T-shirt designed by Bjarke Ingels, celebrating the world's cleanest power plant and first smoke ring generator!

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    Signed copy of HOT TO COLD - BIG's latest monograph that also details the Copenhagen Waste to Energy Plant.

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    Join Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange at the next steam ring generator test in Copenhagen and/or at the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennale. Travel expenses not included.

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