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Solar Collector

The Company expects the collector to be comprised of a 5km diameter greenhouse surrounding the base of the tower. Air under the collector is heated by the sun’s natural radiation that in turn causes the air to accelerate towards the base of the tower. The tower’s updraft, or “chimney effect”, then draws the air through the turbines and up the tower to generate electricity. In addition to capturing the sun’s energy – typically 5-6 kW-h per day per m2-- during the day, the collector stores in and releases from the ground excess heat for overnight power generation capacity. The company is also in the process of examining a “best fit” Photovoltaic (PV) or Organic PV technology to complement the collector and maximise the projects’ peak power generation capacity without impeding the collector’s ability to draw on necessary solar radiation.