15 Mar 2010 03:03:10
UK first for new building with in-built turbines
The first wind turbines to be built into the fabric of a building in the UK will be completed this week.
South London's £113 million Strata building, nicknamed the 'Electric Razor' because of its shape and colour, will be able to generate around eight percent of the energy needed to run its 408 apartments.
Project director Matthew Hewitt told Building last week: "The technology is exactly the same as that used on the large scale wind farms."
Wind turbines located at the top of the 42-storey building are expected to generate around 35 mile-per-hour gusts, with three nine-metre diameter wind turbines for the 19kW blades.
It will deploy the Venturi effect, which has been used already in the construction of the Bahrain World Trade Centre, which similarly has three wind turbines. The generative force comes from the funneling of wind between two buildings.
According to the Guardian, the turbines could reduce bills for the building by around £16,000 to £17,000 annually, under the feed-in-tariff scheme that comes into force on 1st April. http://tinyurl.com/yjzwhj9