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Massive solar tower planned for Arizona

inkscapee (1994086) writes | more than 3 years ago

Technology 2

inkscapee (1994086) writes "It's simple, clean, low-maintenance, and cost-effective: using hot air on a large scale to generate electricity. No, this not a plan to use Congress to generate power, though that is certainly an endless supply-- EnviroMission will use air rising up a tall tower to generate 200-megawatts of electricity. The concept is simple: a giant greenhouse at the base of the tower warms the air. The warmed air rises through the tower and turns turbines, which generate electricity.

The taller the tower the faster the air moves, which increases power output. This beast is a monster, over 2600 feet tall. It works in all weather, and if there is a feasible water source food could be grown in the greenhouse."

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Why not Australia, explained (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36873092)

In the video after the jump, EnviroMission CEO Roger Davey explains the solar tower technology, the Arizona project and why he couldn't get it built at home in Australia.

Answer given in the video: "That's another story."

Food can be grown... if you can find food that will grow at over 150 degrees. These would be the same foods that Global Warmingists say will fail in hot weather.

Re:Why not Australia, explained (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 3 years ago | (#36873446)

if you can find food that will grow at over 150 degrees. These would be the same foods that Global Warmingists say will fail in hot weather.

I hope you're trolling because I can't make any sense of that.

I suppose you could call me a "Global Warmingist," since I tend to go along with the state of the science. Since you imply we are unanimous in our group think, perhaps I speak for all of us when I say that food crops that grow well in an oven will probably also grow well in an oven.

No promises how those same crops might do outside the oven.

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