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Arup joins Dutch Windwheel project

5 Dec 16 Arup has joined the team developing the Dutch Windwheel, a 174m-tall building incorporating a pioneering system of energy generation.

Members of the newly formed Foundation Innovation Programme have signed a collaboration agreement. Other partners are Koninklijke BAM Groep, Deltares, Dura Vermeer, ECN, Eneco, Evides, Huawei, Mammoet, Siemens, Spie, TNO and the Windwheel Corporation, which include BLOC, DoepelStrijkers and Meysters.

The building in Rotterdam will consist of two rings accommodating a hotel, apartments and an tourist attraction and will incorporate a energy generation including a new way of harnessing wind power (link opens in new tab).

Arup is supporting the design team in the current phase through feasibility studies. It is carrying out research into the ways in which sustainability ambitions for structures, logistics and fire safety, energy, material and waste, circularity and context can be translated into technical specifications.

New technologies and business models will be used to develop a building that will be capable of adjusting itself over time. The innovation programme already anticipates that technologies will become more efficient. Other factors include the highly differing lifetime of building elements. The goal is that by 2025, the building will generate more energy than it uses and will be flexible in its use.

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