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This is the future project in Australia. It will be ready in 2012.

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  1. descendantdan contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    has anyone got a …
    has anyone got a link to white paper with comparative analysis vs different technologies?

  2. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @ShwangShwing …
    @ShwangShwing Anything solar is going to require a lot of land.

    One of the benefits of this design, aside from the needed technologies being old and tested, is that the outer 2/3 can be used for ‘intensive farming’. What that means is that since the climate under the canopy is controlled, four crops a year can be grown. If you build it in the desert you’d be converting about 2sq miles into farmland. The farming output would make more money than the electricity, which is decent to boot.

  3. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @Darkwizzrobe …
    @Darkwizzrobe Costs the same to build as a coal plant, is much more reliable, has a longer life, no pollution.. and can be built in 2 years. OH, I almost forgot it will run at night at 89%.

    check the FAQ at greentower dot n e t

    It is very detailed and straightforward.

  4. ROCKSOLID19 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @Charlesincharge42 …
    @Charlesincharge42 This concept is designed to make money, good. Like solar panels, they are not designed to save the environment they are designed to save money. I am not an environmentalist at all as they are hypocrites and i am in support of an oil free economy.

  5. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @Drosen1999 Not …
    @Drosen1999 Not sure where you get your numbers, but these compare favorably against a coal power plant. That’s before you count the pollution.

    check the FAQ at greentower dot n e t

    It is very detailed and straightforward.

  6. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @mortsdans Sorry, …
    @mortsdans Sorry, dead wrong. These cost the same as a coal plant of the same output to build (minus coal to run it). they are FAR more reliable and do not pollute.
    Nuclear, coal, geothermal, all cost more in the long run, all pollute and are more costly to maintain.
    If you want details see the FAQ at greentower dot n e t

  7. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @mortsdans For 1 …
    @mortsdans For 1 trillion USD the could build about 1,800 of these.

    I estimate it would take just 76,000 of them to replace all the energy humanity uses right now. PS You might be surprised how many power are already around.

  8. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @Exclusive8844 You …
    @Exclusive8844 You have a hair dryer that big?

  9. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @crylo2000 These …
    @crylo2000 These cost about the same as a coal power plant.

    Due to the heat stored in the ground under the canopy it will run at night too. Also if you use the outer 2/3 as farmland, you can grow what you want year round’. The last part alone will make more money than the power generated.

    Housing/farm co-op anyone? 3400 people spending as much as they’d pay for a decent home (less than 200k) each would be able to build one of these surrounded by their homes and using the land underneath.

  10. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @hotttttt50 The …
    @hotttttt50 The amount of land is a huge bonus, since there are lots of desert areas that are unused. That and the fact that 2/3 of the land under it can become farmland.

    check out the FAQ at greentower dot n e t

  11. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @claymore098 So do …
    @claymore098 So do any number of buildings.

  12. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @vipondiu Easy, …
    @vipondiu Easy, since they are at ground level and there are 32 of them, you close off the air vent to the one you want to work on then go in and work on it.

    You might bring a portable aircon with you, its going to be hot.

  13. ShwangShwing contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @Charlesincharge42 …
    @Charlesincharge42 I haven’t checked the numbers. But it just seems that this thing takes so much space…

  14. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @bucktheusa Oh …
    @bucktheusa Oh yeah, because a cable that is 250,000 miles long, can’t hold itself up and cannot be lifted to its destination; is GREAT idea.

    Meanwhile people and engineers that know what they are talking about ARE BUILDING a tower that can, for the same cost as a polluting coal plant. That WILL run at night and won’t do any of the stupid things you imagine.

    There is one being planned for Africa, one of 2 being built in the southwest USA by a power company.

  15. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @seanotube85 Except …
    @seanotube85 Except that a ‘cable to the moon’ would weight millions of times what one of these towers would. Also humanity has not found or invented any material strong enough, by a factor of probably hundreds of thousands, to make such a cable.

    To put it bluntly this is the dumbest idea I’ve ever seen put into words.

  16. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @bucktheusa …
    @bucktheusa Nuclear power is dangerous, and the government would NEVER let people walk around with “nuclear materials”.

    Its almost a secret but it is more polluting than ANYTHING else, just a different kind of pollution. You want your kids to have 1 and 1/2 arms, and 3 eyes?

    We’re STILL trying to figure out what to do with the waste from EVERY SINGLE nuclear plant.

    I can tell you DO NOT like simple, elegant, cost effective, and efficient solutions. Are you a military contractor?

  17. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @shaorma4life LOL …
    @shaorma4life LOL imagine any number of tall buildings falling! Except that those are in heavily populated areas and this is in a desert.
    The prototype from the 1990′s in Spain lasted 3 times its design life. It fell because a bunch of stupid bureaucrats would not pay to have the braces replaced!
    Simple and cheap maintenance. Just like bridges need.

  18. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @ROCKSOLID19 Not …
    @ROCKSOLID19 Not cost, politics.
    Now they’re building on in Arizona in the US. Also one is in the planning stages for Africa.

  19. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @Slappingplastic …
    @Slappingplastic It is very achievable.

    One is being built in Arizona, another in Africa. It is more cost effective than a coal power plant.

    Its also hollow! it does not have to hold up offices elevators and all the stuff that comes with an office building, ask an engineer!

  20. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @mali75851 This is …
    @mali75851 This is simply incorrect.
    This costs just as much to build as a coal power plant minus the cost of coal.
    One can be built in 2 years.
    The heating of the ground under it allows it to run at night too.

    Also .. To feel weightless you have to be in orbit at least 200 miles up or about 300,000 meters and traveling at about 20miles/second.

  21. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @ShwangShwing Have …
    @ShwangShwing Have you looked at the numbers your self?

    Solar cells are more expensive, and they only get a good output about 9 hours a day. Same goes for the mirror contraption, plus someone has to wash the mirrors. And it wastes a lot of water.

    This thing will run at night, and is nearly maintenance free. It also costs the same as a coal power plant.
    I found all these details at greentower dot n e t

  22. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @shartne It is the …
    @shartne It is the same price as a coal power plant, but you don’t have to buy coal.

    It also produces electricity at night, using the heat stored in the ground under the canopy.

  23. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @DirectorZero
    The …

    @DirectorZero
    The reason for the height of the tower is to harness the artificial updraft, so the hot air can be sucked up with more force.

    This device is just a way to concentrate the natural updraft of the land it is built on so that the moving air can be used to make electricity.

  24. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @tallica1988 I …
    @tallica1988 I found that the tower will take about 2 years to build, the entire plant will cost the same as a coal power plant that generates the same amount of electricity. Except you don’t have to buy coal. Also it will last longer.

  25. Charlesincharge42 contributed this comment on August 26, 2010 | Permalink

    @KOmaSHOOTER Air is …
    @KOmaSHOOTER Air is free sure but you have to compress it this takes lots of ELECTRICITY and it uses a LOT more energy than you can recover from it.

    It is a losing proposition.

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