A handful of architects recently dreamt up a state-of-the-art tower, a giant 68-story building projected to rise to a lofty height of 322 meters (1,056 feet), which would make it number 22 on the list of the world's tallest buildings. What is even more impressive is that not only will the Burj al-Taqa ("Energy Tower") consume very little energy -- but it will also produce all its energy itself.
Eckhard Gerber, one of the head architects proposing the groundbreaking new design, is hopeful of reaching an agreement with the Bahrain based company Almoayed Holdings by year's end. He is also attracting interest from companies in Dubai and Riyadh.
The project would come with a $406 million price tag and specific innovations that include:
- a giant solar shield covering nearly 2/3rds of the building surface
- a new generation of vacuum glazed windows for insulation against 50 degree Celsius heat
- a cooling system to utilizing seawater stored underground
- a 17,000 square metre solar panel island floating on the ocean within view of the seaside tower
- hydrogen acquired through the electrolysis of seawater that will power fuel cell generators in the evening
The only question that remains is, if these leading oil producers are willing to make this step why isn't Canada's emerging oil wealth doing the same?
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