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12/20/13

SOM in the Press

There's a Giant Wind Farm Hiding Inside This Supertall Skyscraper

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Source: Fast Company

When Indonesian energy company Pertamina decided to build a new headquarters, it went big: Not only is the design 99 stories high, but it will be the first supertall tower in the world to generate its own power. At the top of the building, a funnel captures wind, sucks it inside, and speeds it up to run a series of vertical wind turbines. Other buildings on the new campus will be covered in solar panels. Pertamina is also working with its architecture firm, SOM, to vet the possibility of using geothermal power — a type of energy that’s uniquely suited for Indonesia because it’s a volcanic island chain.

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