In order to reduce carbon footprint, many countries have invested in buildings that are powered by wind. Huge wind turbines are installed on the rooftops to harvest the energy from wind that can be seen at top of high-rise structures. It is a renewable energy strategy that some countries have got the hang of. Check out the following architectural structures that make use of wind to generate power:
It is a residential building located in the Southwark, London. Its one feature that makes this structure so famous is the wind turbines. Strata SE1 is one of the first architectural structures that integrated wind turbines as a major feature. The rooftop of this building houses three wind turbines, each 30 ft high. Each turbine is rated at 19 KW and provide sufficient energy to all the common areas of the building.
Bahrain World Trade Center
Bahrain World Trade Center is a twin tower complex located in Manama, Bahrain. The structure has become the first skyscraper to incorporate wind turbines in its design. The structure features three wind turbines that are placed at the center of the two skyscrapers. The three sky bridges connect both the towers, and each sky bridge holds a 225 kW wind turbine. Bahrain World Trade Center has already won several awards for sustainability, and probably there are many more to come.
The Dynamic Tower, Dubai
Dynamic Tower is the first moving building in the entire world. The tower has eighty floors, which rotate independently. Each floor can do a 6-meter rotation in a minute, and it takes 90 minutes to complete one full rotation. The most important green feature of this architectural structure is the wind turbines. Horizontal wind turbines between the floors are noiseless and can generate up to 1,200,000 kilowatts of energy.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building has also become one of the wind powered architectural structures. Now, it is New York’s largest commercial purchaser of renewable energy. The building’s management has signed a contract in which there is a mention that of the building’s electricity requirement will be fulfilled by wind power. This green step taken by the Empire State Building would be extremely beneficial for the environment, as there will be a substantial drop in the carbon footprint. The building now ranks at number 18 on the list of green power purchasers who buy 100 percent renewable energy.
There are some architectural structures globally that prefer using renewable sources of energy to meet their power requirements. Using wind energy for power needs is not just beneficial for the building but for the environment as well.