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Energy 2.0
About this creation
Welcome to my 100th Creation on Mocpages... Energy 2.0! While my last build about energy criticized the bad ways in which electricity is produced, this build highlights all of the good ways in which electricity can be produced. This is by far my longest building project yet, and took me about four months from start to finish (But because I did take a few very large breaks, the overall build time is more like 5 to 6 weeks). This build is also motorized, and the Mindstorms program took me approximately ten hours to complete.



First, this build requires some explaining. This is actually my dad's Christmas present (for last Christmas, that is). Yes, I seriously gave both of my parents a free lego commission for Christmas. :P And yes, I seriously waited until August to finish the first one. :P (Don't worry, I won't do it again. :P) Anyways, my dad wanted something with Mindstorms and renewable energies, and this is what we came up with.

The build has four sources of energy: A wind turbine, a hydro power dam, some solar panels and a geothermal power plant. The wind turbine can turn, and the dam can rotate studs to make it look like there is water coming out. In the middle is a House which lights up if there is enough energy on the grid.

Now, here is how the program works:
For each power plant, it gives you the option to either turn it on or off. Turning it on produces one energy point, and turning it off produces no energy points. The only different thing is the wind turbine, which actually has three options: No Wind, Light Wind and Strong wind, which produce 0, 1 and 2 energy points respectively. So, there is a maximum of 5 possible energy points. If there are 3 or more energy points on the grid, the house in the middle lights up. As soon as the number of energy points sinks below 3, the light goes off again. This allows you to see how much renewable energy is on the grid at any given time of day, and whether that energy is enough, which is pretty cool.
Also, this Mindstorms program is so long that, even if you zoom all the way out in the editor, it still doesn't fit onto the screen.

EDIT: I finally finished the video!

Unfortunately, I couldn't embed it, so here are the links to Youtube and flickr. (The audio on the youtube link seems to be a bit delayed, so the flickr link is probably better.)


Now, on to the build!



The main picture again.



Almost the whole thing.



Almost the whole thing again. I hope you can tell how difficult this was to photograph, especially since it is technically over 100 studs tall, making this my first SHIP. :P



The windmill. Sorry for the shotty editing, editing this build wasn't easy, because of the windmill and the house, so most of the pictures only have some basic curves stuff.



The base.



The cliffs! I really like these. They aren't even that fragile, but it's still best to avoid putting pressure on them.



The water side.



One of my favorite shots of the model. This is the micro-scale geothermal power plant. Speaking of scale, this moc has four scales: Minifig scale (the solar panels and the windmill), almost minifigure scale (the house), microscale (the dam) and even smaller microscale (the geothermal power plant).



The Mindstorms side.



The EV3 brick comes out for easy access. Speaking of easy access, the house and two large panels of the landscaping also lift off. And there is a panel on the dam that comes off to let me manually control the function whenever the dam jams up (which has proven useful).



The geothermal side. No, that isn't lava. It's supposed to be hot steam, which is why it's red.



The back.



Another one of my favorite shots.



The house.



The dam.



Another view of the base.



A view of the dam. The dam was designed with function ahead of aesthetics, in case you were wondering about the two big holes. The dam was also very challenging SNOT wise, and has some crazy offsets that are not easy to deal with.



The turbine. This was the firs thing I built, and the only thing for quite a while. I like the design a lot.



The whole thing again.



The turbine has 8 degrees of rotation. Which means that it's not completely realistic, since most modern wind turbines can rotate any which way, but I had to keep it stable, so 8 angles will have to do.



A different angle of rotation.


Wow, what a build! My most functionally challenging, my tallest, my heaviest, my most voluminous, my most time consuming, and one of the most technically difficult things I've ever made. I'll be keeping this built for a long time, at least a month (which might be difficult, since it uses all of my basic bricks, and I might need those for SHIPtember).
EDIT: Fun fact, this is also the first build in 12 mocs that I've posted that isn't for the LOM. :P
Remember, check back on Wednesday for a video.

I hope you liked it!



Comments

 I like it 
  February 23, 2016
Amazing build! Love the techniques, and the cool overall idea-
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  September 23, 2015
Great job. Al Gore would love your creation.
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  September 17, 2015
Lovely job!
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  September 11, 2015
This is really cool. Love the build and all the cool little mechanics that go with it. Great work, Cab!
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  September 7, 2015
Dang man! You never cease to amaze me. Very legit job. I'm lovin' the functions and textures. The power plant is pretty awesome as well.
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  September 5, 2015
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Mr. Cab, this is one of the finest builds I've seen in a long time. The landscaping is novel and yet perfectly realistic - I love it! Top-notch work on the energy generation machines as well, you've built them with a great eye for detail. And then you add Mindstorms in? Ingenious! If you don't mind my asking, would you be willing to do me a favour? Usually I wouldn't try to solicit 'likes,' but if you could like as many of my most recent creations as possibly, it would be of great assistance for a game I'm in. I'd owe you one for sure. Actually, I'd probably owe you a few! Looking forward to seeing your next build, even if it doesn't top this it'll still be terrific no doubt. Keep up the awesome!
Trying to get more likes for D.A.2? :P Thanks for the great comment! And since I seem to have missed most of your recent mocs, I will go check them out.
 I like it 
  September 5, 2015
Mr. Cab, this is one of the finest builds I've seen in a long time. The landscaping is novel and yet perfectly realistic - I love it! Top-notch work on the energy generation machines as well, you've built them with a great eye for detail. And then you add Mindstorms in? Ingenious! If you don't mind my asking, would you be willing to do me a favour? Usually I wouldn't try to solicit 'likes,' but if you could like as many of my most recent creations as possibly, it would be of great assistance for a game I'm in. I'd owe you one for sure. Actually, I'd probably owe you a few! Looking forward to seeing your next build, even if it doesn't top this it'll still be terrific no doubt. Keep up the awesome!
 I like it 
  September 2, 2015
I like this. Nuff said.
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  September 1, 2015
Awesome!
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  September 1, 2015
That is fantastic. Great presentation; a feast for the eyes.
 I made it 
  September 1, 2015
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus Mindstorms brick looks like at home here. Good looking stuff, although technically it would be better if it were all one scale or more cleverly transitioning from one to the other.
I wish I could have done them all in minifigure scale, but that would have made the model four times as big as it is already. I suppose I could have made everything micro-scale... whatever. Anyways, thanks.
  September 1, 2015
Mindstorms brick looks like at home here. Good looking stuff, although technically it would be better if it were all one scale or more cleverly transitioning from one to the other.
 I like it 
  September 1, 2015
Fantastic MOC with a great message. :-) I really like the spectacular design for the windmill, and the accuracy of the power plan and dam. Also, very nice continuation of your previous energy MOC.
 I like it 
  September 1, 2015
Amazing !
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  September 1, 2015
Amazing work! I love all the different parts. :D
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  September 1, 2015
Wow! This is too cool. Your creations are fantastic!
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  September 1, 2015
Wow!! I can't wait to see the video!! Every time I get an email telling me you posted a new MOC, I'm always exited to take a look at them because your MOC's are consistently awesome!
 I like it 
  September 1, 2015
Amazing build! You've depicted everything quite well!
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  September 1, 2015
This is genius! Lots to see and those power functions, wonderfully executed.
 I like it 
  September 1, 2015
Wow, all power generation options at once. And absolutely realistic implemented. The wind turbine is my favorite
 
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