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The Dutch Windwheel

A 2014 plan was revived yesterday. The idea is to create a new sustainable landmark icon for the Dutch port city of Rotterdam: a wheel-shaped building with a giant hole at its center, for generating power, not with a rotor but with wires (“electrostatic wind-energy converter”). Height: 174 meter. Diameter hole in the middle: 108 meter. What started as a ‘wild plan in a pub’ has meanwhile grown out to something serious, with many parties involved.

Technical university Delft works at ‘Ewicon’, perhaps applied in the ‘Dutch Windwheel’ building.

[forbes.com] – Introducing The Dutch Windwheel
[sciencealert.com] – This Dutch Windwheel Holds 72 Apartments And Could Power an Entire Town
[trouw.nl] – ‘Megalomane’ Dutch Windwheel moet Rotterdams duurzame icoon worden
[wired.com] – Bladeless wind turbine produces energy with no moving parts
[theconstructionindex.co.uk] – Dutch Windwheel project moves forward

[source] Ewicon test setup in front of the Delft Technical University

[wonderfulengineering.com] – Ewicon – The World’s First Blade-less Wind Turbine

Dutch minister of Economic Affairs signed document yesterday to financially participate in feasibility study.

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