Twice the height of the Empire State - the plans for a massive solar tower in Arizona

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    Jul 25, 2011 1:27 PM GMT
    I do think that the economics of solar power are starting to make sense especially in the southern US.

    http://www.gizmag.com/enviromission-solar-tower-arizona-clean-energy-renewable/19287/

    An ambitious solar energy project on a massive scale is about to get underway in the Arizona desert. EnviroMission is undergoing land acquisition and site-specific engineering to build its first full-scale solar tower - and when we say full-scale, we mean it! The mammoth 800-plus meter (2625 ft) tall tower will instantly become one of the world's tallest buildings. Its 200-megawatt power generation capacity will reliably feed the grid with enough power for 150,000 US homes, and once it's built, it can be expected to more or less sit there producing clean, renewable power with virtually no maintenance until it's more than 80 years old. 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.




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  • groundcombat

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    Jul 25, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    Sounds really cool to me. I hope the output estimates are accurate (or low). I love seeing investment in renewable energy sources.
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    Jul 25, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    Great to see this!
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    Jul 25, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    This better make new jobs now!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 25, 2011 7:18 PM GMT
    Would much rather see these sorts of things crop up rather than new Nuclear Power Plants. What is a disappointment is that something so massively tall, not to mention expensive to build, only powers 150,000 homes. It would take several dozen of these to power the whole Phoenix metropolitan area.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 25, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    A prudent investment certainly. I think the only question would be as the size and specifics, but if residents are ok with it, I'd certainly endorse it.
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    Jul 26, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    I think this is great that not only is the US building up again, but this time for something that's actually very beneficial. Although knowing the US's current trend, chances are you'll see this GINORMOUS CLUSTER FUCK building surround by absolutely nothing. It will look like that scene from the new Star Wars movie where this dude is on his dirt bike and you see some giant what-
    the-fuck in the background.
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    Jul 26, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said Would much rather see these sorts of things crop up rather than new Nuclear Power Plants. What is a disappointment is that something so massively tall, not to mention expensive to build, only powers 150,000 homes. It would take several dozen of these to power the whole Phoenix metropolitan area.


    It would make more sense to figure out a way to install solar panels on the roof of buildings instead. Ideas like these need to be practical to survive.