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Old July 30th, 2005, 09:02 PM   #121
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it matters not if it's 500m or 1000m because if it works expect 1000m+ in the long run. Mabey 500m is better for ecenomic wile they are developing and testing.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 02:34 PM   #122
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500m would produce a higher temperature at the top of the tower, and hence a lower temperature gradient. This would cause a lower power output, probably less than 100MW which would make this project even less economically viable.
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Old September 28th, 2005, 02:41 AM   #123
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well the latest from Enviromission is that a scaled down 50mw solar tower is now being designed and should be up and running within a few years. No word on new height but i reckon at 1/8th volume neede for 50mw would be 500m at 65m dia. (its only my guess)

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http://www.enviromission.com.au/project/video/video.htm


The site mentions 6 phases for Solar tower-

Project optimization (completed)
Pre-Feasibility Commercialisation (completed)
Final Feasibility (underway)
Final Design and Construction
Construction
Commercial Operation

EnviroMission is currently in the final feasibility phase of development which involves collaboration and project partnering to validate the economics of the project. The collaborative approach has also been central to harnessing critical technical expertise and resources to further progress the development of the technology in Australia






quick diagram comparison showing original 1000m/200mw tower. with MY version of 500m/50mw tower

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Old September 28th, 2005, 03:08 AM   #124
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Old September 28th, 2005, 03:09 AM   #125
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A tad disappointing that the height probably be reduced. But at least it's moving forward and will still be Huge!
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Old September 28th, 2005, 11:47 AM   #126
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super tall.......
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Old September 30th, 2005, 09:09 PM   #127
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latest news on Australia's 1000m Solar Tower
www.enviromission.com.au

SOLAR TOWER SITE DEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY
Meteorological testing to confirm Bureau of Met eorology weather data will commence at the site of EnviroMission’s proposed Solar Tower this month.
Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd will commence the installation of site facilities including project offices and operational equipment at the site over January in readiness for MEDCO Pty Ltd who will manage the meteorological testing from February 2005.
MEDCO’s meteorological testing will provide quantitative data for EnviroMission and Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd to use to support early project findings and confirm existing Bureau of Meteorology weather data in
the area and specifically at the site for the world’s first Solar Tower power station in the Wentworth Shire of south west NSW.
Testing will involve measurement of ambient temperatures, wind velocity, solar insolation and vertical
temperature profiles.
EnviroMission Executive Chairman, Roger Davey, advises “the commencement of testing by MEDCO with
project management by Leighton Contractors is a vital event in the journey to commercialise a Solar Tower in Australia.
“Several markets poised to develop Solar Towers, primarily China and the USA, closely follow the progress of the Australia project and whilst this meteorological testing is site specific, the information and methodology will be generic to the overall development template.
“Testing at the site is also intended to further prove and strengthen critical design assumptions within the engineering case where they relate to weather patterns and conditions.”
This investigation coincides with the assessment of two technologies , previously announced by EnviroMission, for inclusion with the Solar Tower design – it is expected confirmation of the meteorological data will also benefit the evaluation of the technologies’ commercial case.
If successfully adapted to the Solar Tower, the technically and commercially proven technologies will substantially increase the efficiency and energy output in the region of 40% compared with original concept design estimates and will vastly reduce the collector zone corresponding in an overall reduction in capital cost.
The success of the pre-feasibility stage of the project concluded in February 2004, advanced operations towards detailed financial modeling throughout 2004 that included investigation of enhancements to the Solar Tower design to further increase output and decrease capital cost in order to deliver the strongest commercial model for domestic and global commercialisation.

Ian Riley
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Chief Financial Officer
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Old October 1st, 2005, 03:26 AM   #128
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DAMN, that is TALL!
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Old October 1st, 2005, 05:22 AM   #129
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Did they consider the effects this structure will have on the local climate conditions? I figure the way this thing works it will have a great effect on the winds and temperature variations in the surrounding area, and I thought australia was a stickler for such environmental things
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Old October 1st, 2005, 05:38 AM   #130
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Doesn't matter if it is 500 or 1000 metres, this thing is going to be sweet
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Old October 1st, 2005, 05:45 AM   #131
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500m, that's shit. Not an accomplishment, but more a standard project. why doesn't it surprise me that yet another proposed mega-project in this country is dumbed down? The original 1000m design would be a real accomplishment.
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Old October 1st, 2005, 05:49 AM   #132
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id like to see you build a 500 m solar tower.
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Old October 1st, 2005, 05:33 PM   #133
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height is not the main achievement here, the fact is that this is a very efficient way of harnessing solar energy, and it is completely renewable too. An entire network of these things dotting the outback can power the commonwealth's energy needs for the next 500 years.... Especially if coupled with hydrogen production, australia will be on the upswing if this goes through.
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Old January 31st, 2007, 11:44 PM   #134
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well looks like aussie gov are gutless and USA will get first solar tower.
damn!!

http://www.enviromission.com.au/fina...VM%20CA343.pdf
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Old January 31st, 2007, 11:49 PM   #135
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Old January 31st, 2007, 11:57 PM   #136
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I hope they build this Solar Tower, I watched a video of it and it was wonderful, and is taller than Burj Dubai.
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Old January 31st, 2007, 11:59 PM   #137
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1000m + right?
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Old February 1st, 2007, 01:23 AM   #138
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^no. the latest with the Aussie tower was it was to be 50mw tower 500m tall. not sure how high the USA Tower will be? isnt there a 2000ft/610m height limit in USA?

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Old February 1st, 2007, 01:25 AM   #139
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yes CULWULLA 610m is the limit, becasue of commercial airliners and
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YES!!!!! ITS GOING THE EXACTLY THE SAME AS MY DREAM!!!! WE ARE FINALLY MOVING INTO A NEW AGE OF TECHNOLOGY AND CIVILAZATION!!!!!
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