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Old July 26th, 2007, 11:38 PM   #261
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the USA are planning such a project as far as i know but the 1000m version came from Australia, but now we'll see only a 600m tower
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Old July 27th, 2007, 11:33 PM   #262
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found a video about this project here....

http://www.thoughtware.tv/videos/show/548

looks well.
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Old July 28th, 2007, 01:05 AM   #263
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nice vid. thanks.
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Old July 28th, 2007, 09:13 AM   #264
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Thank you for the video. I was puzzled what this was all about.
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Old July 28th, 2007, 10:46 AM   #265
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july update!
looks like Australia is still forging ahead with its solar tower. latest figure is quoted at 600m high! or 1800ft which is actually 550m.
new 3min movie>

http://dsc.discovery.com/beyond/play...clid=958525258
i posted this on july16. its a shorter version of the one ulster posted.
looks like atm, 600m or 2000ft seems to be the design Enviromission are aiming at. with a diametre of 65m/210ft. i think a canopy diamtre of 2km? thats a massive amount of glass .
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Old July 29th, 2007, 01:36 PM   #266
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Wouldnt want a major a hale storm passing over... It would reak havok!
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Old July 29th, 2007, 01:49 PM   #267
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Wouldnt want a major a hale storm passing over... It would reak havok!
I doubt you'd get hailstorms in the middle of nowhere, let alone rain.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 01:50 AM   #268
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texas has some of the worst t-storms in the world, so im sure that they would get multiple hail-storms a year.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:08 AM   #269
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maybe they will use a plastic/glass material to be tough against elements? would be silly to use normal glass. would keep glaziers happy? lol after a storm
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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:19 AM   #270
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your probably right. plastic on top to keep out the elements and then glass to keep the sun in.
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texas has some of the worst t-storms in the world, so im sure that they would get multiple hail-storms a year.
This isn't Texas we're talking about, it's the Australian outback.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 10:52 PM   #272
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we were talking about the proposed one for texas.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 08:55 PM   #273
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Old November 20th, 2007, 09:08 PM   #274
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Jeezus...this thing is massive!
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Old November 20th, 2007, 09:10 PM   #275
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Really phenomenal idea, I love it. Hope it gets built.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 09:47 PM   #276
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I really hope this thing will be built!
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Old November 20th, 2007, 10:59 PM   #277
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it will eventually. need funding.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 11:04 PM   #278
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wow
I love the way you bump this.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 12:29 AM   #279
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it will eventually. need funding.
So when do you think they have the funds?
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Old November 21st, 2007, 12:33 AM   #280
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Well, some facts need to be corrected. Interestingly, all over the media they reported on the power plant in Spain, and said it was first. Then one media outlet after another had to run corrections, the first was built in the US in the Mojave desert. I guess the Spanish were a little "liberal" in their press releases.

The first power plant of this type was completed in CALIFORNIA about 20 years ago, near Barstow. It was also expanded in the 90's. It also caught fire once.

So, look it up on the DWP site or Wiki or whatever. Been around 20 years and been to the site myself in 1991. It is pretty cool. I guess you aren't allowed as close as you once were, but, off the 40 east of Barstow is the facility.

"Solar One was completed in 1981 and was operational from 1982 to 1986. Later redesigned and renamed Solar Two, it can be seen from Interstate 40 where it covers a 51 hectare (126 acre) site."

"In 1995 Solar One was converted into Solar Two, by adding a second ring of 108 larger 95 m² (1,000 ft²) heliostats around the existing Solar One, totaling 1926 heliostats with a total area of 82,750 m² (891,000 ft²). This gave Solar Two the capability of redirecting the equivalent of 600 suns and the ability to produce 10 megawatts. Solar One used water. Solar Two used molten salt, a combination of 60% sodium nitrate and 40% potassium nitrate, as an energy storage medium instead of water or oil. "
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