It is definitely not your average windmill.
Dutch designers have unveiled a radical new way to harvest power from wind – using a giant ‘floating wheel’.
Set to be built in Rotterdam, it used a radical new technology to capture energy from particles in the wind.
The technology, called EWICON (Electrostatic Wind Energy Converter) creates energy through the displacement of charged particles by the wind in the opposite direction of an electrical field.
Tubes run through the centre of the ‘wheel’, and each tube features several electrodes and nozzles which release positively-charge water into the air, through a process that’s been dubbed ‘electrospraying’.
The technology was developed by Delft University of Technology researchers Johan Smit and Dhiradi Djairam
‘This technology was developed by a consortium including the TU Delft and Wageningen University in the context of government innovation program,’ the creators of the wheel say.
‘This pioneering wind turbine converts wind energy with a framework of steel tubes into electricity without moving mechanical parts.
‘This makes the Dutch Windwheel the most innovative ‘windmill’ in the world.’
Called the Dutch Windwheel, it is hoped it will become a showcase for Dutch Clean Technology.
It is made of two rings.
The outer ring houses 40 rotating cabins on a rail system (giant coaster), the inner ring is an innovative windmill housing a top class panorama restaurant, sky lobby and hotel, apartments and commercial functions in the plinth.
One of the innovations that can be developed with the Dutch Windwheel is the EWICON ( Electrostatic WInd energy CONverter) technology.
‘The Dutch Windwheel is one of the most spectacular attractions in the world that can be experienced by everyone,’ the firm claims.
‘The outer ring houses 40 cabins that run on rails.
‘Visitors from around the world can enjoy an unprecedented view of Rotterdam and the surrounding area from this giant coaster.
‘Visitors look over the largest port in Europe, until the Second Maasvlakte and the sea. From a great height the beautiful architecture of Rotterdam and in the distance the cities of Delft, The Hague and Dordrecht can be seen.
The project is being put together by a consortium of Rotterdam based companies BLOC , DoepelStrijkers and Meysters, and they hope it could attract 1.5m visitors a year
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