First Wind-Powered Building Inaugurated in Argentina
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First Wind-Powered Building Inaugurated in Argentina

Buenos Aires Province/Argentina – Mar del Plata will have its first wind-powered building. According to its developers this building, called Cefira (whose name refers to the Greek god of wind from the west) is the first sustainable energy in Latin America. The complex, which will require an investment of $ 4.1 million and will be ready by next February. The wind generator (costing about $ 15,000) was built INVAP and produces an energy of 4.5 kV, allowing you to save energy when there is no wind, more than enough for the building’s common-spaces requirements.

The eight-storey building was designed by Mariani-Perez Maraviglia architecture studio, but was a project of two young entrepreneurs: Francisco Moreno Ocampo economist (29 years old) and the manager Franco Tocagni of 28.

The tower also optimize the use of natural energy available for the layout and size of the openings. To capture more sunlight, windows occupy over 80% of the perimeter and the lights of common spaces will have intelligent sensors ignition. In addition, the system will be used slab radiant heating with individual temperature regulation and to heat or cool environments will be taken special care in the thermal insulation in walls and fences.

For those who will live here, this building will mean a saving of ecological 15% in the cost of the expense because the system provides for the distribution company ASDP receive the energy produced and the amount credited to the account of the consortium.

Moreno Ocampo one of the entrepreneurs who started this project said : “We intend to make environmental awareness and more than a real estate business with this. The idea is to generate a benefit to society and serve as an example. Once we demonstrate that this possible, we want to be copied. Chances are that such towers becomes trend because it is not an expensive or troublesome project and provides many benefits.” – Via – Official Website & La Nacion ( Argentinian Newspaper )

7 comments

  • Dragos February 6, 2008 at 06:34 AM Login to Reply →

    I see is a nice building with one wind turbine on top. But where does all that power come from? Surely there must be more, is the wind farm nearby or somewhere in a remote area? Anyway it’s very interesting when thinking of the power bills money the inhabitants will save. I would find it cool to have something like this in the building I live in.

  • Devicepedia.com February 6, 2008 at 08:58 AM Login to Reply →

    I’d sure like to live in such a building and I wonder how much will it take for other constructors to bring it in Europe, too.

  • 1st2change February 7, 2008 at 07:00 AM Login to Reply →

    Bring this to America ASAP! We need alternatives to coal mining & wasting water & using too much oil & depleting resources that are not easilly replaced (like clean air, & unpolluted water). We love our earth, & should be living the life that shows it’s love. Looking forward to designs like this & other designs that will help alleviate air pollution, & wasted water, etc… These guys are brilliant & should be commended for their work!

  • Vero February 14, 2008 at 21:44 PM Login to Reply →

    Dragos, there is no wind farm nearby…that wind turbine you see on top is it. With a 4.5kW capacity of the wind turbine and the high winds of Mar del Plata, you can generate more than enough energy for common spaces. The building is most likely connected to the grid, which ensures reliability and the fact that you can still get power from the grid when there’s no wind (which is not very frequently in Mar del Plata, my home town). Of course a project like this would not work in areas with very low winds, cause in those cases the wind turbine would have to be too big for a building. Plus, it’s not only the wind turbine, this is a building that is completely “green”, in the sense that windows are located to use the most sunlight for illumination and warmth purposes, walls are made to keep heat in, and there are sensors to conserve generation of heat or air conditioning and light. Energy efficiency is the most important aspect of going renewable in any project…I hope these guys are copied and more projects like this are made, although the investment is a bit higher than for a regular building, the payback is huge and beside…what is the price we’re willing to pay to save our planet?

  • Dragos February 14, 2008 at 23:38 PM Login to Reply →

    That makes sense Vero! Indeed now i see it’s mentioned in the text, sorry that I had no sense of what 4.5kW meant in terms of electricity.

    I searched on Google and found out that “Ten 100-watt light bulbs on for an hour, is 1 kWh”.

    With 4.5 kWh you can power 45 light bulbs (100W) for an hour. Assuming that energy-efficient illumination is used (non-incandescent), the number of lit light bulbs increases.

    Actually I did find it mind boggling that just one turbine can power an entire building and all the residents’ flats, but that seems plausible given the strong wind and appliance efficiency. When the power requirements peak, the building may take electricity from the grid, otherwise it provides electricity to the grid.

    At the end of the month you can probably read the counter and see if you’re on negative or positive power consumption.

    Truly It’d be great if more of the buildings in the world were like that, and even greater if they were also cheaper than regular ones.