Fast nearing completion in the heart o Bahrain is a dramaticbuilding which will become the world’s frst large-scaleintegration o wind turbines and a skyscraper.
The $93 million Bahrain World Trade Centre project involvestwo 50-storey, sail-shaped oce towers - each 240 metres high- supporting three 29 metre diameter horizontal axis windturbines.“The towers and turbines were inspired by traditional Arabian wind towers which harness the wind energy romthe onshore breeze,”said Shaun Killa, o the architects o thelandmark towers, WS Atkins.The wind turbines will work by harnessing the oshorebreeze and providing a substantial source o renewableenergy. This is predicted to be around 11-15% o thebuilding’s annual energy requirements.Each turbine will generate between 1,100 and 1,300megawatt hours per year. In carbon emission termsthis equates to an average o 55,000 kgC.The towers will act as aerooils, unnelling thebreeze between them. The vertical sculpting o the towers is also a unction o airfow dynamics,maintaining a near equal wind velocity on eacho the three turbines or optimal operation andenergy yield.The designers used wind tunnel testing and computational fuid dynamic modelling to conrm the wind stream remains nearly perpendicular to the turbine even i the wind direction deviates up to 45 degreeseither side o the central axis. Thisincreases the turbines’potential to generate power
Bahrain’s World Trade Centreheralds green skyscrapers
The towers and turbineswere inspired bytraditional Arabianwind towers whichharness the windenergy from theonshore breeze
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