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Sun 1 Apr 2007 04:26 PM

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Wind power comes to Bahrain WTC

The Bahrain World Trade Centre (BWTC) has become the first building in the world to integrate large-scale wind turbines within its design to harness renewable energy.

The Bahrain World Trade Centre (BWTC) has become the first building in the world to integrate large-scale wind turbines within its design to harness renewable energy.

The three giant propellers have been suspended between the two towers and will supply the building with 11-15% of its energy needs. They will generate 1100 to 1300 MWh a year, enough energy to light 300 homes for a year.

Claire Hughes, associate director for DTZ Bahrain, the project's managing and leasing agents said, "We are proud to be the first in the world to integrate wind turbines into a commercial development to create an alternative source of energy. What we have achieved here in Bahrain demonstrates to the world how we are actively playing our part in addressing the global issue of climate change."

Shaun Killa, designer of the BWTC said that the wind turbines were a more suitable renewable option for buildings in Bahrain given the state's geographical position and exposure to wind. He added: "This project sets a technological precedent which we hope raises the awareness of environmental design and its importance. We hope it paves the way for designers to incorporate renewables and energy efficient measures into their future developments to reduce carbon emissions."

All structural works on the BWTC are now finished with 75% of the MEP services completed. The turbines are due to undergo testing throughout 2007 and the building is expected to be open for business in the second half of 2007.

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