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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dubai Burj-al-Taqa "Energy Tower" Wind-Solar Powered Skyscraper

German architect Echhard Gerber is planning zero-emmission buildings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and designed the Burj al-Taqa (Energy Tower) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"Wind And Solar Powered Dubai Skyscraper
Skyscraper to be built in Dubai will generate 100% of its energy needs with wind and solar power"


"The Burj al-Taqa (Energy Tower) to be build in Dubai will produce 100% of its electricity needs from a 60 metre diameter roof-mounted wind turbine and 15,000 square metres of PV solar panels. Another 17,000 square metres of solar panels will be located on a nearby artificial island visible from the tower. Any excess electricity generated will be used to extract hydrogen from sea water by electrolysis to be used to generate electricity at night through hydrogen fuel cells."

The Middle East is no stranger to wind power, such as the ancient Persian bagdir:

Passive Cooling Solar Cooling: Use Heat To Cool

Also see:

Ancient Egyptian Air Conditioner: Cheops Ships in 2600 BC Egypt
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