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Thursday, August 06, 2009

An Interesting Solar Energy Proposal

This application looks quite interesting:

The Technology
The sun's radiation is used to heat a large body of air under an expansive collector zone, which is then forced by the laws of physics (hot air rises) to move as a hot wind through large turbines to generate electricity. A Solar Tower power station will create the conditions to cause hot wind to flow continuously through 32 x 6.25MW pressure staged turbines to generate electricity.

Small Scale Pilot Plant
Solar Tower technology has been tested and proven with a successful small-scale pilot plant constructed in Manzanares Spain. The pilot project was the result of collaboration between the Spanish Government and the German designers, Schlaich Bergermann and Partner.

The plant operated for seven years between 1982 and 1989, and consistently generated 50kW output of green energy.

The pilot plant conclusively proved the concept works and provided data for design modifications to achieve greater commercial and economic benefits associated with an increased scale of economy.

The tower on the finished product will be taller than the Empire State Building. Think of it, clean energy from the movement of hot air... Jeepers! Glenn Beck is worth a fortune!

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At Thu Aug 06, 07:23:00 AM, Blogger Some Guy said...

I was just gonna say, mount one of those babies over the Fox News headquarters and you could probably power the entire eastern seaboard.

At Thu Aug 06, 07:34:00 AM, Blogger David said...

Charming to imagine Beck as a positive, but he's far too inconsistent to be useful.

No, my suggestion is to mount a wind turbine on the exit stack. Most of the cost of wind turbines is elevating the power head; it's a twofer.


At Thu Aug 06, 09:16:00 AM, Blogger Rehctaw said...

"Jeepers! Glenn Beck is worth a fortune!

Really Sir? A bit obvious don't you think?
Have you not heard of the concept of ignoring somebody until they just go away?

Faux Snooze translates its ratings as support. They schedule personal appearances in tiny, tiny rooms to prop up the delusion of support.

Survey says: Most of their audience thinks it's watching SyFy or Comedy programming. They tune in not because they agree, but because it's sillier than old 3 stooges shorts. they can't wait to hear what inane idea will shoot out of Mr. Hanky-T's arse next.

They're playing drinking games based on keywords.

Trying to harness the "power" of Beck? You might get an LED to glow a little?

At Thu Aug 06, 09:44:00 AM, Blogger Darius Whiteplume said...

That power plant really does seem like a great idea.

At Thu Aug 06, 10:19:00 AM, Blogger Tengrain said...

Good heavens, Dr. Zauis! The graphic on top looks like a penis, and then you talk about Glenn Beck.

Need I say more?



At Thu Aug 06, 12:25:00 PM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

Tengrain, you're a bastard.

At Thu Aug 06, 01:12:00 PM, Blogger okjimm said...

1. Randal may be right

2. But then, he is a swine...ask Tengrain

3. Ya, I thought it was a penis-enlargement-type-thingee device myself

... and Beck is a amount of hot air can straighten him out.

At Thu Aug 06, 01:13:00 PM, Blogger Max the drunken severed head said...

I love this post--green AND snarky!

At Thu Aug 06, 02:36:00 PM, Blogger NearBorder016 said...

There was a scifi story about a variant of this, which called it a ShortStack. In the story it was invented by a person named Shorts. Can't remember the story, read it in an anthology about 25-30 years ago. So not a new idea.

At Thu Aug 06, 02:39:00 PM, Blogger Seeing Eye Chick said...

I am with Tengrain. I thought to myself,
Dang Dr Z. That is a heck of an Erection....


Then I saw Glenn Beck's name on it and thought, oh, a towering phallus full of hot air.

Thanks for the giggle. Now if only it vibrated and produced juicy cheeseburders and we could divorce it from Glenn Beck, and you might have my attention.

At Thu Aug 06, 03:10:00 PM, Blogger Ricky Shambles said...

This is a great idea. I saw it on Discovery Science almost a year ago and am thrilled it's coming to fruition.

At Thu Aug 06, 11:16:00 PM, Blogger susan said...

Too bad the only business left in this country that gets full government support is the financial service industry. What is it? Like 30% of GDP?.. not that that's ever been an indicator for anything useful.

At Fri Aug 07, 07:54:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Some Guy: That's a great idea! I wonder if we can get it built in time for the next presidential election? That could power the whole country! ;o)

David: I like your idea about the wind turbine on the exit stack, but upon reflection I think that the wind coming out of the exit stack would be moving faster than the air around it, and thus the exit stack wind turbine would only cause drag. Or am I envisioning your plan incorrectly?

Rehctaw: Hmm... you may have a point. On the other hand, as much as I dislike the Three Stooges, they are freakin' Einsteins compared to Glenn Beck and that crowd!

Darius Whiteplume: I know! It's so simple. I wonder what kind of output it has compared to the work that goes into building it...

Tengrain: Jeepers, Tengrain! I had no idea that you had a crush on Glenn Beck. No wonder you are always talking about him! :o)

Randal Graves: Indeed! A bastard with a crush on Glenn Beck, it would seem. ;o)

OKJimm: It is interesting that you and Tengrain seem to think so much about sausages. Don't you like bacon? ;o)

Max the Drunken Severed Head: Thanks, Max! :o)

NearBorder016: Cool! I had never heard of it. It's such a simple idea!

Seeing Eye Chick: "A towering phallus full of hot air..." That does sound like FOX News! ;o)

Ricky Shambles: I thought it was interesting as well. This is the first that I have heard of it!

Susan: You never know, the financial service industry might be of use yet. They are full of hot air as well! ;o)


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