Developer of Downdraft Tower

Company Brings Clean Energy Project to San Luis Arizona

A company known as Solar Wind Energy Tower, Incorporated (Formerly Clean Wind Energy Tower, Inc) has gotten approval to build a tower near San Luis Arizona that may become a model for desert-generated electric power worldwide. According to press releases, the company's business model is geared toward licensing of its patened process.

Electrical Generation.

Disclaimer: This website is not owned by, or associated with the Solar Wind Energy Tower corporation. We are, however, interested in the success of the project given the potential for low-pollution alternatives to fuels currently being used or imported in order to generate electricity. It is the position of this website that viable alternatives are necessary to prevent dependence on any fuel source that may be sold by nations that could hold buyers hostage by limiting supplies.

The company's tower description shows a cooling tower with turbines at the bottom designed to convert the downdraft (created by moisturizing dry air at the top) into electricity. The advantage here is that unlike solar power the process can work 24 hours a day. The site states that the energy produced is "priced at one third that of other alternative energy sources." At the time of this writing, the management team at the company consists of President and CEO Ronald W. Pickett, COO Stephen Sadle, and CMO Robert P Crabb. The company's address is at 1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway (STE 300), Annapolis Maryland 21401. Its stock ticker abbreviation is SWET and the authors of this site do not hold any shares in the firm. SWET also has a patent application numbered #13/947,625 .

Could Be Exported Worldwide

Downdraft TowerThe downdraft tower model has many potential applications anywhere that there is high heat, low humidity, and a need for electricity. (With the recent UN reports on Global Warming, you would think that these towers could become viable in more places sooner.) The market potential would therefore include the Mohave Desert and Sonoran Deserts in the US as well as vast stretches of Mexico, the Sahara in Africa, the Gobi Desert, and vast areas in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, and elsewhere. Nations such as China, which have a real need for pollution reduction, could realize a definite benefit from downdraft technology. Any place with high heat and no ready source of fossil fuels or a connection to faraway power grids could benefit from locally produced power.

A key consideration for many nations costwise could indeed be the ability to generate power locally for the cost of a little water. Electrical power distribution involves a lot of labor, maintenance, metal, and materials. Power lines could stretch hundreds of miles and be vulnerable to all kinds of weather conditions. Every foot of power line consumes metals like copper. On the other end, places like California are already patching into power grids from Arizona, Nevada, and further states so there could be grids that would accept wind tower power as a substitute obsolete power plants. As an opportunity to reduce pollution, and improve the daily health of people around the world, downdraft towers have a lot of potential, and the licensing of patents (and know-how) in building them is one way to export ingenuity around the world.