Up until now, generating wind power has largely been the domain of wind turbines placed in rural areas. It is however possible to do so in cities and metropolitan areas as demonstrated by Dutch developers in Rotterdam. Find out how this works, what it looks like and which metropolis boasts one of these pilot projects to date.
We have all seen the giant windmills located in the countryside driven by large, loud rotors casting huge shadows and posing dangers to passing birds. Which is why it seemed impossible to this day to place windmills inside of cities and thus closer to consumers. However, crafty entrepreneurs and designers are making the seemingly impossible come true by developing new technologies to generate wind power without creating negative side effects.
The city of Rotterdam is currently host to what can safely be called the most spectacular project of the field: with a height of 577 feet, this innovative building includes two circular structures featuring apartments, business units and a restaurant with a wind turbine at its centre. As a result, the “Windwheel” not only serves to generate power, it also showcases an entirely new language of architecture.
This spring, the engineers of Urban Green Energy proved that is kind of innovation is indeed possible when they placed windmills several feet high on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris generating and supplying the power needed to run the restaurants on its observation decks. And thus technological innovation develops into an eye‑catcher by means of outstanding design.
Images: Windwheel Cooperation