Rogey Davey has huge plans for solar power. His company, EnviroMission in Australia, is in the final feasibility stage of a Solar Tower project that would reduce more than 900,000 tons of greenhouse CO2 gases from the environment while generating enough electricity to power around 200,000 homes. EnviroMission holds the proprietary rights to Solar Tower technology based on simple fundamentals of physics--hot air rises. A single 200MW Solar Tower will stand 1000 meters (3,300 feet) in the air... more than double the height of the Empire State Building.
Check out the video...it was a Discovery Channel piece and has good animations on how the Solar Tower works. Here is my concern with this type of project...sure the Solar Tower can find a home in the Australian Outback with plenty of uninhabitable space to spare. Heck, we could even build one here in the US (we've got deserts in Nevada and California) but do we want to see Solar Towers dotting the landscape at 1000M a clip? I mean, I like the idea of solar panels because you can build it into existing structures (roofs) and mask its existence to a certain extent. There is no masking a 1000M tower. Maybe it can be built to smaller scales.
Based on the sheer size of the Solar Tower, do you think it has application in an urban setting? Tell me what you think.