Electricity from Heat

Millions of Homes Powered By Downdrafts?

Energy TowerThe promise of an energy tower delivering hundreds of megawatts of powwer has Arizona abuzz, considering the thousands of jobs that would be created building two massive electricity generating towers.

The demand for electrical power grows every year despite energy-saving initiaves, LED and CFL light bulbs, and people converting en masse to the Amish religion. The seminal work involving energy towers was written by Professor Dan Zaslavsky with the aim of finding a cost-effective way to generate electricity for water desalination. The concept of pumping water to make air humid and heavy, creating a downdraft, is analogous to wind shear and microbursts which are a function of heavy air falling. Turning this power into mechanical energy and electricity means that there can be continuous energy generation.

Solutions for Clean Energy.

Energy Tower technology is a fairly simple idea built on a massive scale. Towers that would be among the world's tallest buildings would also make quite an attraction and might require tours or other touristy features around them, and they would certainly dominate the landscape while being visible for many miles. These towers would essentially be the world's biggest tubes, allowing for wind generation within the towers by spraying water from to top to generate downdrafts that turn large wind turbines at the base. For this technology to be successful, outside of the need to keep tweakers from stealing all the copper, there needs to be an electrical grid in place, continuously hot weather (present!) and a low chance that some unexpected event like a tornado or earthquake would cause the towers to be destroyed.

Subsidies

Any massive project that involves clean energy production would naturally bring about the discussion of subsidies and tax incentives for the production of such a massive undertaking. An energy tower would be no exception, especially considering that places like Arizona are starved for employment owing to a spectacular housing bubble and an environment that is not considered conducive to undocumented workers. If subsidies for energy towers were successful, they might suddenly crop up in arid areas of Nevada, California, and anywhere else electricity can be generated by means of this type of system. Although the current plan only calls for a set of two towers, the potential for this kind of power generation without using coal, uranium, natural gas, or quatloos means that a forest of gigantic towers could be installed in otherwise sparsely populated areas as long as some kind of water supply was present. The current project is expected to create 1,000 permanent jobs, which would be a boon to nearby Yuma, Arizona as well as local towns in Mexico.