What Big Wind Turbines You Have! – Bahrain World Trade Center

Check out this studly eco-friendly building. The Bahrain World Trade Center is a 787ft high twin tower complex, located in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, and the first skyscraper to integrate large-scale wind turbines. The turbines supply about 11% to 15% of the electricity for the two buildings – roughly the same amount used by 300 homes. To maximize energy output, the tapered towers funnel wind between them, creating a negative pressure zone behind the buildings that draws more air through the gap. This suction effect increases wind speeds by up to 30 percent at each of the 95-foot-long rotors to boost electricity production. It also redirects wind gusts hitting the tower by up to 45 degrees off center so that they hit the turbines at a nearly perpendicular angle for optimal electricity generation. I wonder if people working there have constant bad hair days…

Courtesy of Inhabitat and Wiki.

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