Giant Wind Wheel Generates Giant Expectations
The Dutch Wind Wheel will open in 2020
By 2020 a giant, space-age 570 foot high windmill will grace Rotterdam’s skyline. It will be another 5 years before the entire complex will be completed.
It will include apartments, restaurants and over 100 hotel rooms. This monstrous design is futuristic and environmentally sustainable. For tourists it will offer panoramic views beyond the city and stretching as far as Delft, Dordrecht and Den Haag.
It will also generate substantial revenue for the city’s creaking coffers.
The Dutch clean energy movement
Doepel is proud of his creation and the contribution it will make to modern architecture, culture and the environment. It will breathe new life into the growing legacy of the Dutch clean energy movement. Importantly the wheel’s construction will extend the city’s ambitious Clean Tech Delta.
Essentially the Giant Wind Wheel will be part of a powerful environmentally-friendly business hub. This sustainable development also offers new entrepreneurial and job opportunities for the city. It will significantly reduce Rotterdam’s high unemployment rate.
The specter of global warming
North and south, the globe’s ice caps are melting at an alarmingly rapid rate. The consequences of this are catastrophic and will devastate most of the world’s deltas in which millions of people live and work. Rotterdam is one of the many cities under threat from the ocean’s rising sea levels.
The new wave of Green Tech
Aware of the dangers, Rotterdam has done much over the years to curb global warming and climate change. The Giant Wind Wheel is but one large contribution to this city’s vibrant green revolution. A previously unimaginable amount of electricity will be generated by the wheel at little or no cost to Rotterdam’s people and environment.
The Electrostatic Wind Energy Convertor
The convertor’s acronym is interesting. EWICON and the Giant Wind Wheel will undoubtedly be a major landmark when it is finally completed. The Electrostatic Wind Energy Convertor is being engineered to convert wind energy into electricity without any form of mechanization.
It will work silently. Apart from its visual magnificence, it will have no impact on the city’s residents and visitors. Noise pollution is eliminated entirely.
Rotterdam’s delusions of grandeur
The collaboration between Duzan Doepel’s creative and engineering teams and Rotterdam’s city officials could be regarded as a vanity project to the uninitiated and unconverted. It is nothing of the sort.
The entire project is indeed grand and ambitious. But the overall benefits, including aesthetic contributions towards the city’s modern architectural landscape, exceed any notional delusions.
The chief architect behind a grand project that embraces everything that is good for humanity and nature, Duzan Doepel, is a natural artist and a progressive thought-leader. Proud of his artistry, he compares his monstrous creation to the London Eye.
He maintains that an environmentally sustainable and culturally interactive project on this scale is just the tip of the iceberg for the future. He hints that China is next.