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New London building will generate 8% of its energy needs

 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:21 pm    Post subject: New London building will generate 8% of its energy needs Reply with quote

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The Guardian - 14/03/10



Peering down 148 metres from the top of the latest addition to London's skyline, the traffic-clogged Elephant and Castle roundabout and its notorious neighbour, the Heygate estate, below feel an unlikely location for a world first. But next week, this new skyscraper, nicknamed "the Razor", will take a crucial step towards becoming the world's first building with wind turbines built into its fabric.

While wind speeds in the concrete jungle at the tower's base would render a wind turbine pointless, at 42 storeys up they are capable of 35mph gusts a serious challenge for the workers who created the complex steel structure and are projected to generate 8% of the building's electricity needs.

The building officially called the Strata tower is a 113m milestone in the 1.5bn project to regenerate the Elephant and Castle area. The Strata development, which comprises the tower and a smaller "Pavillion" building, is a statement of the new demographic Southwark council hopes the area will attract its 408 apartments range from 230,000 to 2.5m.

But the tower also marks an innovation for the building sector, which under government regulations will have to make all new buildings zero-carbon by 2019.

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The turbines should certainly shave a few quid off the leccy bills. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They could just about power the lifts when the power cuts come. It's a long walk up, otherwise.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal wrote:
They could just about power the lifts when the power cuts come. It's a long walk up, otherwise.


I wonder if they have made any provision for powering the lifts, the water pumps, and basic lighting from the wind turbines ?
I rather doubt it since this would require batteries.
Probably 100% grid tie, which should give a worthwhile energy saving, but does nothing to protect against power cuts.
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