Windmills have  been around for centuries but are generally speaking kept to the countryside. This all might be about to change with the introduction of the Wind Wheel. The state-of-the-art creation is from Dutch architects Doepel Strijkers, who designed the 173-meter-high (570 foot) structure to utilize wind, water and an electric field in an electrostatic wind-energy converter that can directly produce a current for power.

The self-powered tower is quiet, low-maintenance and looks like something out of a science-fiction novel.

Doepel Strijkers estimate a Dutch Windwheel could go into construction to be erected by the early 2020’s.

Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a concept for a sustainable landmark that would be able to house 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame, while also serving as a silent, motionless wind turbine. In addition to harvesting energy from the wind, the structure would be equipped with facilities to capture rainwater, recycle tap water and also produce bio-gas from the residents’ organic waste.

Find out more about this awesome concept at Popular Science.

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