Solar Tower Closer to Reality

solar_tower.jpgAustralia’s ambitous Solar Tower project took a leap forward recently with the announcment of an approved location – a sheep ranch in the outback of New South Wales.
The epic project – a 3,000+ foot tall chimney (dwarfing anything that has ever been built) that will use the principals of heat convection to generate an upward blast of air that could power as many as 200,000 homes – may or may not actually be built.
Issues not being considered: Can subsequant towers be built to recoup the development costs? How much land do people really want to sacrifice for this development? What about transmission efficiencies from remote locals? At any rate, it’s a hot (pun very much intended) area to watch.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.