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  • alsmith581 alsmith581 Feb 6, 2013 11:06 AM Flag

    And the cookoo rightwingers in America DON'T believe in the power of the SUN and Wind:


    Dubai’s Wind Powered Rotating Skyscraper is Building in Motion

    The world’s first moving building, Dynamic Tower, a skyscraper with 80 independently rotating floors, is being planned for Dubai (which has big green plans for 2008), with another 70-storey structure to be built in Moscow.

    These cutting edge buildings, over 400 meters tall, will be constructed of prefabricated sections mounted on a central concrete core, at an estimated cost of $700m. Catering to the upper crust, apartments are priced to sell at $3.7m – $36m, and will include such necessities as in-house parking, indoor swimming pools, voice controlled systems and an ever changing view.

    Aside from the tremendous “cool” factor, the design incorporates a number of advanced environmental building principles (links to EPA in the United States):

    Wind Power: The power for the building will be supplied by horizontal wind turbines installed between the floors, thus avoiding the visual impact, one of the major drawbacks of the familiar “propellor” turbine. The blades are designed and constructed of materials to allow for quiet operation – a necessary feature, since they are only meters away from the residents. The architect, Dr. David Fisher, explained wind is a problem for most skyscrapers, and he decided to make use of it instead.

    Solar Power: Photovoltaic solar panels will be installed on the roof of each rotating floor, and because they are constantly in motion, 20% of each roof will be open to the sky and to the sun.

    These sources are designed to generate more electricity than is used in the building, and to make this the first skyscraper that is self-powered.

    Prefabrication: The individual units will be manufactured off-site in a dedicated factory, thus reducing the costs by about 10% and increasing the efficiency of the construction by 30%. Prefabrication has the added benefit of allowing for a cleaner construction site, with a simpler and shorter process of assembly, less use of resources and energy, and minimal site disturbance.

    High Density Building: High rise construction is an efficient use of area with a reduced footprint, as opposed to sprawling, low density development.

    Building Materials: The use of natural and recyclable materials, insulated glass and structural insulating panels.

    Natural Lighting: The units in the building should have sufficient natural light from the large expanse of glass and the rotation.

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    • I live in Ohio...the low Temp yesterday was 12...I haven't seen the sun since about January 22nd. Sux to be me. So tell me again about all those benefits of "Solar Power"...sorry, that dog don't hunt here. Science being what it is, the available sunlight and present technology would combine to have me and my kids freezing in no time. There just isn't enough available space in my yard to go solar. Ditto wind.

      Give me Natural Gas any day. Thank you Frackers!

      You can practice all you like with sunlight in the freakin' desert...the tech breakthrough, if and when it ever comes, can only be a good thing. BTW, who cleans the panels when the dust builds up and starts interfering with the sunlight? The desert I recall from Kuwait and Iraq was a very dusty and inhospitable place...betting on a cleaning requirement of at least every other day. Remember, sunlight actually has to strike the panel...any dust would drive serious inefficiencies.

    • shwdl Feb 6, 2013 11:14 AM Flag

      Dubai can afford it they got rich off of OIL!

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