January 03, 2003

Barking Mad

Tallest tower in the world planned for the Outback

So this is the earth friendly alternate energy source we hear so much about from the likes of Viggo Mortensen. This has to be a hoax. A structure almost 4000 ft tall, 300 ft wide, with a dish 4 miles in diameter to produce a paltry 200 MW?

California ISO sez that we used 29,088 MW today. You do the math.

Posted by feste at January 3, 2003 10:34 PM

What are the stats on "leakage"?

I heard that if we unplugged most of

the appliances we always have on

standby (I bet I have 30 tiny clocks

in my house, from the microwaves

[yeah, we have 2 of those] to

laptops), we'd save some major power.


Posted by: jaspar at January 4, 2003 09:44 AM

Home conservation is a canard the Pols use

to pit us against each other for resources and gin up

the voter base.

It the industrial users that peg the MegaWatt meter

and why solar or wind as we currently know them will

not suffice to power a modern economy.

BTW- I will fix this fooking comment layout before

the weekend is out...it is making me crazy.

Posted by: feste at January 4, 2003 10:27 AM

Try having a look at the facts and figures of the project. Knowing the australian climate the idea they have proposed is very good. You only need to go flying in a glider to see how fast and how much force hot air rises to know this project is very viable. I think the only real opposition I think will be from oil, coal and gas companies who sell to current power powerstations.

Posted by: bob at February 5, 2004 10:48 PM

This is no hoax!
I am a great supporter of renewable energies, for one reason is that we will exhaust most of the earth’s oil and gas resources this century!
I am not very optimistic regarding the solar chimney technology, but I may be wrong!
Solar Tower with Heliostats gets you far better land usage, (http://www.ciemat.es/eng/proyectos/pderreceptor.html) also parabolic troughs, (http://www.solel.com/ http://www.kjcsolar.com) so does geothermal energy http://www.time.com/time/europe/magazine/article/0,13005,901030616-457349,00.html.
One must understand that utility size solar plants consume a lot of area, this one consumes more then others as the efficiency would be very low, but one thing we do not have shortage of in Australia is desert land, what we do not have are a lot of are renewable power plants.

Lets hope this will change, for the sake of future generation and for better air quality for us all.

Posted by: Graham Honor at February 6, 2004 04:01 AM
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