An Israeli clean tech company has developed the ‘Solar Tulip’ – an energy generating tower that produces 100kwh of electricity from sunlight and hot air. The mirrors trained on the flower-shaped power tower heat the air inside the bulb to 1000 degrees centigrade, and as the air expands it is forced through a turbine. Most other solar towers heat water to convert to steam, thereby requiring a lot of water in often dry environments. The real beauty of the Solar Tulip is that it is designed to be modular, and can be added to over time. Each installation can produce a peak output of 100 kwh, and individual plants are capable of being networked together. Thus creates scalable systems which grow over time and can be implemented quickly with simple financing. Each plant will cost an estimated $650,000. The plant can also use conventional or biomass fuel to act as a bridge when the sun goes behind clouds or sets, and it is capable of running 24/7 to produce a steady flow of electricity to the grid. Even the waste heat can be used for industrial and agricultural processes, giving the design a level of cross-industry integration and pointing the way towards clean energy on a massive scale.