Ben Welter - Friday, January 22, 2016
A consortium behind plans to build the Dutch Windwheel, a 570-foot-tall apartment and hotel complex in Rotterdam, has agreed to begin development and testing of a self-supporting energy system and other innovative technologies.
Underground thermal energy storage is among the components being studied for the "next-generation" windmill.
"Phase change materials, aquifer thermal energy storage and surface water thermal energy are a few of multiple options for managing the smart HVAC system in a sustainable way," said Gerard Blom, freshwater systems manager at the research institute Deltares, a member of the consortium. "Possibilities will be researched for local energy production (including the electrostatic wind energy convertor technology, solar and residual heat, and heat exchange), the water system, the development of a smart grid, the use of materials as well as technologies to enhance the experience and attraction value of the Dutch Windwheel and its environment."