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Old July 30th, 2015, 05:55 AM   #1
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ROTTERDAM | The Dutch Windwheel (temp. name) | 137m | 570ft | Pro

I came across this article on Facebook. Its an impressing peace of architecture that I think is worth mentioning here.

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Dutch Architects Create A Habitable Windmill That Could Power A City

Gently spinning windmills have been a cornerstone sight along the Dutch countryside since the 1890s. With the population increasing into more built-up, urbanized areas, positioning more wind-powered turbines to power busy cities could be impractical.

The Dutch Windwheel, however, is generating energy in a completely different direction.

The state-of-the-art creation is from Dutch architects Doepel Strijkers, who designed the 173-meter-high (570 foot) structure to utilize wind, water and an electric field in an electrostatic wind-energy converter that can directly produce a current for power.

To combat the issue of a giant single-purpose structure in the middle of a busy city, Doepel Strijkers have engineered this multi-purpose building to be safely habitable while it churns out 1 megawatt of electricity – enough to power 1000 average U.S. homes.

“We wanted a 100-percent-sustainable building that serves as a platform for all kinds of innovations,” developer Lennart Graaff said, speaking to Popular Science.

The self-powered tower is quiet, low-maintenance and looks like something out of a science-fiction novel.

Doepel Strijkers estimate a Dutch Windwheel could go into construction to be erected in Rotterdam by the early 2020s.

[H/T: Popular Science]
So I went on a search for more info about this and this is what I found on the architect's website:

PROJECT Dutch Windwheel

INITIATIVE Doepel Strijkers, Meysters en BLOC

PARTNERS NBTC Holland Marketing

LOCATION Rotterdam, the Netherlands

PROGRAM public space, apartments, hotel, restaurant

STATUS concept 2014
The Dutch Wind Wheel must become the new icon for Rotterdam and the Netherlands. An architectural landmark, the most innovative windmill in the world, an unprecedented attraction with global reach, and the showcase for Dutch Clean Technology.

The Dutch Wind Wheel must become the attraction of the architectural capital of the Netherlands, the world port city of Rotterdam.
It adds a unique landmark to the city making the skyline even more spectacular. The double ring construction is not only an eye catcher, but also offers a diversity of functions. The outer ring houses 40 rotating cabins on a rail system (giant coaster), the inner ring is an innovative windmill housing a top class panorama restaurant, sky lobby and hotel, apartments and commercial functions in the plinth.

The Dutch Wind Wheel is the future icon for sustainability. It puts a new form of sustainable energy production on the map in one bold step. It is a wind'mill’ without moving parts. The inner ring is comprised of a framework of horizontal steel tubes. Charged water droplets are created in the framework that are blown away by the wind. The movement of the droplets generates energy. Developed by the TU Delft, this EWICON (Electrostatic Wind turbine) technique is expected to compete with traditional windmills. The research & development trajectory to prove this, is part of the development of the Dutch Wind Wheel.

Besides this, the Dutch Wind Wheel is a spectacular attraction that is open to the public. Visitors from all over the world will enjoy the unprecedented view of Rotterdam and surrounding area. The innovative lighting concept and digital information layer via smart walls in the cabins of the giant coaster make the Dutch Wind Wheel and it’s interior an experience in itself. The visitors can marvel over the largest port in Europe, the Second Maasvlakte and the sea. The internationally renowned Unesco World Heritage Kinderdijk is made visible through the interactive information layer integrated in the glass façades of the cabins. This unique ensemble of 19 windmills from the 18th century, the symbol of Dutch water management, is reachable within 25 minutes by fast ferry. In this way the contemporary Dutch wind icon is connected to the icons of the past.

The Dutch Wind Wheel is of great economic value for both Rotterdam and the Netherlands. The whole city and its surrounding area will benefit from the boost in tourism. Moreover, the large-scale (further) development of the EWICON technology makes the Netherlands market leader of this future wind energy. The Dutch Wind Wheel will also be a showcase for the circular and inclusive economy. It is built with secondary resources from the Rotterdam region and is designed for disassembly and re-use. The ambition is to realize maximum social return on investment in both the realisation and exploitation phases.

The Dutch Wind Wheel is an initiative of a consortium consisting of the Dutch companies Doepel Strijkers, Meysters and BLOC. NBTC Holland Marketing is already partner of the project. Talks are currently being held with several organisations (from ministries to energy companies) about their part in the development. In 2015, the Dutch Wind Wheel will be submitted as a ‘National Icon’.

There are more technical renders mentioned on the site but they are explained in dutch so for who's interested you can visit the Doepel Strijkers website here.

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Old July 31st, 2015, 01:18 AM   #3
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That'd be amazing!
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Old July 31st, 2015, 01:51 AM   #4
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I wanted to say that this project has been canned just like the mountain/large hill idea, but the new renders and the fact that hollandmarketing apparently sees the extra value makes me wonder when there's going to be an official announcement..

Could be the dutch equivalent to the eiffeltower for expo'25..

Btw, could one of the mods change the height in the title, according to info in the first posting it should top out @ 173 Meters, not 137..

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Please, this crap is worthy of some cities in Georgia
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