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Energy Generating Desert Towers Harvest the Sun and Wind
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On October 8, 2010 @ 4:30 pm In Architecture | 2 Comments
Dubai  is a hub for bold architecture. It makes sense, then, that Karim Mahmoud Elnabawy Balbaa’s entry in the 2010 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition  is striking — and slightly off-putting. Balbaa’s prickly-looking “Layers of Dubai ” towers shoot up to 140 meters high and generate both wind and solar power.
Balbaa’s towers were inspired by the fluid shape of the desert  sands surrounding Dubai . According to Balbaa, “The two towers play an important role in attracting people to the site with their strange look and height that can be seen from any part of the city”.
The towers feature wind  turbines, a solar  chimney, electric carbon shafts that generate energy with piezoelectric movement, and “wind waves” that generate power from the spinning of the inner circular cylinders connecting the two towers. Balbaa hasn’t revealed estimates of how much electricity the towers could provide, but we’re guessing it would be enough to make the Layers of Dubai nearly self-sufficient.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/10/dubaitower-ed03.jpg
 Dubai: http://inhabitat.com/tag/dubai/
 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition: http://www.landartgenerator.org/
 Layers of Dubai: http://www.landartgenerator.org/blagi/archives/1064
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/10/dubaitower-ed01.jpg
 desert: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/18/persian-gulf-states-to-turn-desert-landscape-into-farmland/
 Dubai: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/13/dubais-wave-tower-is-a-spiraling-seascraper/
 wind: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/05/turbine-light-powers-highway-lights-with-wind/
 solar: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/05/solar-wind-energy-could-provide-100-billion-times-earths-energy-needs/
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