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On this day April 8, 2008

The construction of the world’s first building to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain. The Bahrain World Trade Center is a 240 m (787 ft) high twin tower complex by South African architect Shaun Killa, located in Manama, Bahrain. The building is the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design.

BWTC

Three skybridges connect the towers; each holding one large wind turbine with a nameplate capacity of 225kW each, totalling to 675kW of wind power production. These turbines, each measuring 29 m (32 yd) in diameter, face north, which is the direction from which air from the Persian Gulf blows in. Read More…

Two US sailors killed, one wounded

In Bahrain, two unnamed United States Navy sailors were killed and one other was seriously injured when they were shot inside their barracks at around 5:00 a.m. (UTC+3) at a naval base located in Bahrain.

The Navy has stated that the incident is isolated and is not considered an act of terrorism. Read More…