By mc solar (January 6, 2010)

A recent move by an Australia based company EnviroMission to build a set of solar updraft power generating towers ranging over hundreds of acres in La Paz County, Arizona raises questions about adding in more superheating generator solutions into the energy equation. While a couple of towers, which require converting a whole lot of acreage into a superheating air absorber, probably wouldnt have that much of an impact outside of very local effects, its just another one of those proof of concept technology solutions that need a little experimentation to work out. For example, is it possible to balance out the overall heating effect and release of the superheated air after its been used in the turbines, like in large scale air conditioners recycling their heat production? Work out the equations or come up with some way to deal with the emissions before promoting anything other than a few large scale proof of concept experiments, please. Or at least educate the public a bit more about real data studies. Like thermal drilling causing earthquakes, youd think with so much money available, theyd figure out how to decide quicker some avenues just dont work as implemented: but it seems consistent with the manner in which the more money becomes available, people degrade their technology and design imperatives to the point of maximum return: often, that point is just generating enough hype to get a few quick bucks. Story via [inhabitat]

Inhabitat: Solar Updraft Tower

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