I just got a completely unsolicited email from Shaun Killa, the head of Atkins Architecture in Dubai. This, of course, is a fantastically gigantic and important job. Basically, he is in charge of the first ever skyscraper with integrated wind turbines. So I was excited to get the email. Well, I was even more excited to see the contents. Up-close and personal shots of the Bahrain World Trade Center getting its turbines installed.
This really is a massive project. After the jump are some concept and real-life shots. Click on the real-life shots for a large version.
In the larger version of this picture you can see that the turbines will have the ability to automatically shorten and slow themselves in times of severe weather by twisting their tips.
And here we can see one of the big problems faced be folks working on wind power in the desert...namely...dust. If you look closely here you can actually see that someone is standing inside the turbine, where the generator will be.
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