Rotterdam Is Getting A Giant Floating Funhouse

A group of Rotterdam companies have joined forces to reinvent the windmill.

The Dutch have long been known for utilizing wind power. For hundreds of years country sides across the Netherlands have been checkered with scenic windmills that are iconic in every sense.

Now there is a new kind of windmill being developed, one the world has never seen or heard of before.

The Dutch Windwheel, which is being backed by DoepelStrijkers, Meysters, and BLOC, is a massive undertaking: it will be a 570 foot-tall-wind-turbine-structure (that’s 174 meters) that will utilize the wind to form electricity.

The massive floating wheel on water will house 72 apartments and 160 hotel rooms, and 40 rotating cabins will be included on it so that tourists can get a bird’s eye view of Europe’s largest port city. The Dutch Windwheel will also have restaurants and a large-sized panoramic deck, as well as commercial office spaces.

The inner part of the massive wheel is where almost 300,000 square feet of living, commercial and social spaces will be located, while its exterior-outer-ring will be used to educate tourists of Rotterdam’s rich past. The outer ring will move just like a Ferris Wheel does - round and round, but natrually, thanks to kinetic powers.

What’s even more unique with the Dutch Windwheel, which is hailed as a truly innovative bladeless wind turbine, is that in its center core there will be an immobile turbine that will turn the power of the wind into actual electricity.

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Duzan Doepel is the head architect of the Dutch Windwheel and while this project is still in its conceptual phase he knows it will become a reality within a decade.

“The concept is defined, and we’re at the beginning of a two-year R&D trajectory,” says Doepel. “We are talking to the ministries of economic affairs and local authorities, who are interested in helping us develop this concept.”

The structure will rely on what’s called EWICON, which stands for Electrostatic Wind Energy Converter technology . The grand-sized facility on water will produce plenty of ongoing electricity too – like 1 megawatt at any given time.

High-tech steel tubes will collect teeny droplets of water from the wind and turn them instantly into electricity without any moving mechanical parts. The result of this new technology, developed by the TU Delft and Wageningen University, means “less wear, lower maintenance costs and no noise or moving shadow."

The exterior of the Dutch Windwheel will look futuristic. It will boast plenty of glass and huge steel beams, and large-sized solar panels that will help gather even more energy.

Pumps, electrosprayers (with thousands of mini nozzles) and a vibrant green charging system will all work in sync and power the Dutch Windwheel.

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The Dutch Windwheel is expected to attract over 1.5 million visitors a year and it is widely anticipated to be a new economic engine for Rotterdam.

The new structure will no doubt generate millions and millions of dollars annually for the region and its surrounding area and this is great for creating jobs and new opportunities of sorts.

What makes the Dutch Windwheel so amazingly unique? First is its design of course, and second is that it will be a sustainable future icon full of first in innovations.

 “We wanted a 100-per-cent-sustainable building that serves as a platform for all kinds of innovations,” says Lennart Graaf, who is a lead developer on the project.

Yes, this will be the most innovative windmill in the world that’s for sure.

The team of inventors have not yet indicated how much it will cost to build the Dutch Windwheel, and they have not yet outlined how much it will be to buy property or commercial space on it. They have not also revealed how much it will cost for tourists to check it out when it opens. 

But then again the Dutch Windwheel is a first on many levels.  As the old experssion goes: "If you build it, they will come."