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01 May 2007

Bahrain World Trade Center 95% Complete

There has been quite a silence on the urban architecture category and this one came in timely. Skyscrapers are major constructions and they have a huge energy demand. In Bahrain, a twin skyscraper complex is being built, called the Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC). They have successfully integrated three massive wind turbines blades measuring 29 meters in diameter each, on bridges between the twin towers.

Through its positioning and the unique aerodynamic design of the towers, the prevailing on-shore Gulf breeze is funneled into the path of the turbines, helping to create power generation efficiency. Once operational, the wind turbines will deliver approximately 11-15 per cent of the BWTC’s energy needs, eliminating around 55,000 kilos of carbon from being emitted into the air annually. Incorporating the wind turbines as an alternative source of energy for the buildings will generate 1100 to 1300 MWh per year, which is equivalent to lighting 300 homes for more than a year and will create substantial annual savings.

This is the first time that a commercial development has integrated large-scale wind turbines within its design to harness the power of the wind to generate an alternative energy supply.

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