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Solar Power
Tuesday. 6.3.08 12:28 am
watching: Good Eats
listening to: Avril Lavigne
mood: Smart and REALLY TICKED

First thing forget wind generators and solar panels as a means of powering your house. FORGET IT

Solar Updraft Tower Systems are the solution to at least half of our energy needs. SUTS can practically generate 200MW of power. Ok that is 200,000,000 Watts yall. Lots of Power. SUTS are essentially wind turbines driven by wind generated by a thermal updraft.

They are chimneys connected at the bottom to a open air green house. The green house allows the sun to heat the air in them. The air density changes and is forced up the chimney. It is a wind. A constant wind. This system works on convection currents obviously.

Very impressive concept right? Is it practical or better yet possible to construct and utilize? The answer is yes it is very possible. In fact here is a picture of a functional SUTS in Spain.

This unit can make 50KW of power. In this unit the average wind speed at the base of the chimney is 12m/s that is 26.84mph. The turbine at the base of the chimney is being blown by wind constantly.

Can it work at night?

Yup Yup. Works at night. The average plot of dirt has a specific heat of .2 So at night the heat absorbed by the ground will be released into the air under the green house causing a convection current. As you can imagine it will not produce as much power at night. The power produced at night can be drastically increased simply by using tubes of water buried under the green house. How much. Well if you incorporated these tubes in 25% of the green house area the night output goes from 10% to 50% of that of the day. Awesome!

Right now Australia is constructing a 200MW system.

So lets see free energy minus construction cost. Virtually no maintenance required. No man power is needed to run plant. The plant in Spain ran by itís self for 3 years without a man controlling it. And is continuing to run. Also the green house area can be used to grow plants. Imagine that? So it can help clean the air as it generates electricity. Nifty huh?

Who wants to stone the fool that thought of burning coal to generate electricity besides me?

Recommended by 3 Members
CPKviperpheonix middaymoon hmdaswani

that did not come up while I did my research about environmentally friendly energy last month for an assignment! Anyway that is way cooler than burning coal to generate electricity
» Nuttz on 2008-06-03 06:30:47

That sounds like a wonderful idea there. it'll be great to have more of these around
» CPKviperpheonix on 2008-06-03 12:47:32

I was going to say
that solar and wind power are iffy, at best, but it seems like you beat me to it. Combine them!
» middaymoon on 2008-06-03 05:28:14

people could spend money on those jingle cats because they know no where else to fling their money.
» renaye on 2008-06-04 01:17:41

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