13 January, 2006

Abu Dhabi Stellar Tower

Abu Dhabi Stellar Tower

Construction work is expected to begin next year and last for three years on the new 255-m Stellar Tower, which is to be built as a tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The London-based architects Make designed the building, which is to take shape on Ittihad Square and will house shops, offices, a restaurant and a 300-bed hotel.

Read Gulf News Article

The building envelope has been designed to provide an efficient solar protective skin around the whole structure providing 90% solar protection, ensuring that the air conditioning system functions with a reasonable cooling output and minimises the energy required to operate.

The two technologies being considered for the ‘Stellar Tower’ are building integrated photovoltaic (PV) cells and wind power. Photovoltaic (PV) cell process converts free solar energy, the most abundant energy source on the planet, directly into electricity. And the wind power to provide additional natural electrical energy production.

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