Wind turbines placed on Bahrain WTC site

Turbine blades have been installed onto Atkins' Bahrain World Trade Centre (BWTC) towers, which is being built in Manama.

Turbine blades have been installed onto Atkins' Bahrain World Trade Centre (BWTC) towers, which is being built in Manama.

The installation of the 29m diameter blades represents a culmination of over three years of intensive research and development by Atkins architects and engineers in association with Danish partners Ramboll and Norwin.

BWTC is the first building in the world to incorporate large-scale integrated wind turbines which comprehensive ground tests indicate will generate 11-15% of the energy requirements of the two towers.

The three wind turbines are horizontally supported between the towers by three bridges weighing 65 tonnes each.

Shaun Killa, head architect and design director, Atkins, said the research and design of BWTC has set the precedent for sustainable architecture around the world.

"The BWTC is a significant project which showcases a particular technology that's set to become a very important component of sustainable design in the future.

"It serves as a model for an environmentally conscious design and helps pave the way for future projects to also integrate energy from wind power. Sustainability is a principal upon which we must build the foundation of all future developments."

The BWTC design blends maritime aesthetics with the functionality of traditional wind-towers. The visually striking sail-shaped towers form a commanding silhouette on the skyline of Manama, and serve to channel the strong on-shore winds directly onto the turbines.

The project is expected to be ready this year.

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