Bahrain WTC Wind Turbines Completed
The Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) has completed the construction of the three wind turbines that will generate electricity between it’s twin towers. The BWTC design blends maritime aesthetics with the functionality of traditional wind-towers. The buildings are the tallest in Manama and the turbines officially make it the world’s first wind-powered mega structure. The three wind turbines are horizontally supported between the towers by three bridges weighing a substantial 65-tonnes each, and will provide 11-15% of the electricity needs of both towers.
The 29-metre diameter turbine blades took architects from Atkins over three year to develop. Tim Askew, Regional Managing Director for Atkins, states that the company’s goal is to “raise awareness of sustainability within the psyche of our architects and engineers. This project serves to highlight how with determination and willingness on behalf of responsive clients we can actually turn these ideas into reality”.