Flower power

Element - - Clean Technology -

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.

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