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Grimshaw unveils mega-turbine plans

Grimshaw has unveiled proposals for a massive offshore wind turbine that would be taller than the London Eye.

Designed to tower over Las Palmas harbour in Gran Canaria, the aerogenerator will rely on local trade winds to produce 9mW of power, equivalent to what is required for 9,000 homes.

With a diameter of 288m, the turbine will become a 'large emblematic feature' to welcome the visiting cruise ships and will also be visible from the air during the approach to the airport.

A spokesman for the practice said: 'We took cues from the naval and aeronautic industries to give the wind turbine a lightweight but purposeful look.

'Importantly, we identified the opportunity to make the wind turbine double as a visitor attraction that could be accessed by boat, with viewing pods moored on either side of the main structure,' he added.

by Richard Waite

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