The Dutch Windwheel combines clean tech with luxury living in what Rotterdam hopes will be a landmark of the future

Look! On the Rotterdam skyline! It’s a wind turbine! It’s a hotel! It’s a tourist destination! Actually, it’s all three, and more. The Dutch Windwheel is designed to become an icon of architecture and technology for the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The two rings that form the 174-meter structure surround an innovative Electrostatic Wind Energy Converter (EWICON), a windmill that uses a framework of steel tubes to change wind energy into electricity with no moving parts.This means less wear and tear, less noise, and lower maintenance costs.

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