Can One Tower Replace A Power Plant? Engineers Say Yes! Photo by Solar Wind Energy Tower
The world has seen numerous valuable developments in the recent years. The focus of both researchers and engineers has shifted to making the best use of solar energy. One of the finest examples of the company which is making the best utilization of Tthe freely available resource is Solar Wind Energy Tower, Inc. The company is working on the development of a large Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, a structure capable of producing abundant, inexpensive electricity in Arizona, Mexico, and Chile. The tower is the first hybrid solar-wind renewable energy technology in the market. Comprising of a tall hollow cylinder with a water injection system near the top, the patented structure has wind tunnels containing turbines near the bottom. The functioning of the tower is simple. The water is delivered to the injection system at the top of the tower by a series of pumps where a fine mist is cast across the entire opening. The water then evaporates and is absorbed by hot dry air which has been heated by the solar rays of the sun. As a result, the air becomes cooler, denser and heavier than the outside warmer air, and falls through the cylinder at a speed up to in some excess of 50 mph. This air is then diverted into wind tunnels surrounding the base of the tower where
turbines inside power generators to produce electricity. The exterior of the tower is constructed with vertical “wind vanes” at places where atmospheric conditions are conducive. These “wind vanes” capture the prevailing wind and channel it to produce supplemental electrical power. This dual renewable energy resource greatly enhances its clean energy-producing capability and productivity. What’s interesting about the Solar Wind Energy’s Tower is that it does not have any operational limitations in terms of time and can be operated around the clock, 24 hours per day, and seven days per week. However, there’s an operational limitations with solar collectors that work only when the sun shines, and with wind turbines that work only when the wind blows. The most remarkable feature is that these towers can be operated virtually with no carbon footprint, fuel consumption, or waste production. It generates clean, cost effective and efficient electrical power without damaging effects. We hope that the company soon meets its core objective and focus on becoming a leading enabler of clean, efficient renewable energy at reasonable cost.
ISSUE NO.004 RENEWABLE ENERGY