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Scale model of the bladeless windmill EWICON in front of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at Delft University of Technology.
TU Delft, faculteit Elektrotechniek, Wiskunde en Informatica (EWI)
Mekelpark, Delft, Delft, Netherlands
‘Challenge the future’ is the motto of the Delft University of Technology, one of the most prominent universities in Europe. And that is exactly what the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI) is working on. Here the future is challenged with numerous researches on finding alternative ways of generating energy. The EWICON (short for Electrostatic WIndenergy CONvertor) is a wind mill without moving parts, designed by Mecanoo. The technology is developed by the EWI faculty in a consortium with Wageningen UR and commercial companies in an economy-ecology-government partnership program. The breakthrough wind convertor transforms wind energy into electricity without the use of moving mechanical parts. The result: greatly reduced wear and tear, lower maintenance costs and zero noise pollution or shadow casting. The EWICON can be installed on land or sea, and can also be integrated on to the roof of a tall building.
droplets in the wind
The EWICON has an abstract appearance with a flowing steel frame in the shape of a squared -0- supporting a framework of horizontal steel tubes. Within this framework, electrically charged droplets are created and blown away by the wind. The movement of the droplets creates an electric current, which can be passed on to the grid.
A scale model of the EWICON can be seen from March 2013 in front of the EWI faculty in the Mekelpark (
), the green Mecanoo designed campus which connects the faculties of the Delft Technical University. Not only has the park grown over the years into a meeting place for students, it is also a testing ground for students and teachers. It is a changing exhibition, test and practice area of innovative engineering arts in the heart of the campus.
from theory to practice
After the idea, the research and the testing period, the EWICON was ready to be deployed. In 2009, Mecanoo applied the EWICON into the design of the Stadstimmerhuis 010 in Rotterdam, where the 010-sign on the roof would make use of two EWICONS. A symbol for the future Rotterdam, the TU Delft and Mecanoo: sustainable and innovative. Challenge the future.
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