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Cradle CFD


Renewable Energy
Wind Energy


The world’s tallest artificial structure is the 829.8-metre-tall (2,722 ft) Burj Khalifa in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and like most such buildings it exists in densely populated urban areas. This has an impact in terms of wind patterns produced around the building and its environmental impact locally. However, such tall buildings also pose an opportunity for planners and designers to potentially rethink designs to take into account sustainability concerns with respect to generating renewable energy in an urban cityscape. Researchers led by the Korea Institute of Energy Research and CEDIC Ltd have done some fascinating fundamental research using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools from Cradle CFD on the plausibility of Building-Integrated Wind Turbines (BIWT) in such massive skyscrapers to produce electricity locally and therefore lower carbon footprints. Renewable energy is a very visible symbol of sustainable and eco-friendly energy generation and if it can be integrated into buildings and used at source and is feasible at the design stage, it would be a major sustainability innovation for the future.

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