|World’s First Building-Integrated Wind Turbines |
Alt Dot Energy
April 2, 2007
Three wind turbine blades have been successfully installed on the Bahrain World
Trade Center, a twin skyscraper complex. 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. The three massive turbines, measuring
29 meters in diameter, are supported by bridges spanning between the complex’s
two 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% of the
energy needs of the building, or 1100 to 1300 megawatt-hours per year — enough
to provide light in 300 homes for over a year.