London Strata Tower with In-Built Wind Turbines Opens

19 July 2010 (Last Updated July 19th, 2010 18:30)

A 147m skyscraper has been unveiled in London that features in-built 19kW wind turbines to produce up to 50MWh, which will meet some of the energy needs of the building. The 43-storey building known as Strata Tower is the first such building to have incorporated wind turbines into its

A 147m skyscraper has been unveiled in London that features in-built 19kW wind turbines to produce up to 50MWh, which will meet some of the energy needs of the building.

The 43-storey building known as Strata Tower is the first such building to have incorporated wind turbines into its structure.

The wind turbines depend on the Venturi effect or the Bernoulli principle as applied to fluid dynamics, which increase wind velocities as a result of a building’s height, shape and adjacent terrain.

Other green features in the building include an energy-efficient heating system, energy-efficient lighting, low-E (high-performance) glass and natural ventilation with a heat recovery system instead of air-conditioning.

One of the highest buildings in London, Strata contains 408 flats and cost £113.5m ($172m) to build, reports guardian.co.uk.