Manama, Bahrain [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The Bahrain World Trade Center’s (BWTC) building-integrated wind turbines turned together for the first time since their installation more than one year ago. The three 29-meter turbine blades at the Bahrain landmark could provide 11-15 percent of the power for the two towers when fully operational.
The installation of the turbines at the BWTC last March was a collaboration between Atkins Architects and Engineers and Norwin. During the upcoming months the turbines will undergo detailed analysis and optimization tests by Norwin to determine their actual electricity generation potential. The turbines are expected to operate approximately 50 percent of the time.
“This was of course a first for Norwin as it was for the real estate world, and we truly have pushed the boundaries of environmental architecture with this project. It is a testament to Bahrain that private developers are investing in sustainability and pioneering design, which is certainly the future of architecture as it shapes the planet in years to come,” said Ole Sangill, Managing Partner of Norwin.