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SCT FAQ's

Why has EnviroMission altered its technology?

EnviroMission will ensure we lead in all aspects of Solar Cyclone Tower technology and that means we will continue to innovate. We will also respond to new opportunities- for example, the markets for carbon offsets and capture are  growing fast and we will ensure we take full advantage. The market for  hydrogen and ammonia are similarly expanding fast. The SCT is ideally placed, for example,  in allowing the responsible exploitation of otherwise stranded natural gas assets.

Does EnviroMission plan on listing the Company?

Yes. We are positioning our company for a market listing in due course. 

How many Megawatts can SCTs produce?

Each SCT produces between 200 and 320 MW from the updraft alone. However, we are developing novel photovoltaic solutions, including the Quantum Black Butterfly, which will allow us the equivalent of several nuclear power plants for (say) 8 hours per day. Massive energy storage capability is therefore mandatory. In energy terms, we anticipate increasing the 2m MW-h updraft energy per year per Tower to in excess of 20m MW-h.

Do SCTs produce water?

Our projections tell us we can generate in excess of 100m3 cubic meters of fresh  water per year per SCT. 

What else can SCTs produce?

We have identified over 15 revenue streams, from biofuels, tourism, telecoms, and materials processing, salt and even lithium production, to aeroponics and hydroponics, and most notably carbon capture in quantities which can make a globally-significant impact. The SCT has evolved into a “Technology Incubator”

How long will a SCT take to build?

The construction time to build a 320MW Solar Cyclone Tower is approximately 2 years.

Can an SCT operate on a cloudy day?

Solar Cyclone Towers are designed to operate 365 days a year in all weather including cloudy or wet days – an SCT does operate in diffused sunlight. Clearly, greater electrical power can be gained from direct sunlight near the equator, but our innovative Solar Collector designs allow us to take the SCT in due course to ever-higher latitudes. 

Radiant heat (not sunshine) from the sun is the critical energy source for SCTs. The full solar spectrum, including radiant heat will heat the air under the SCT canopy in the same way the air inside a greenhouse or hothouse is always higher than the ambient external temperature due to the use of radiant heat.

It is the temperature difference, not the absolute temperature, which drives our technology. 

Air under the SCT canopy will always have a higher temperature than the ambient external temperature - even on cloudy days. The design of an SCT Solar Collector canopy will direct air flow to the central highest point where the hot air will pass through electricity generating turbines as it is constantly drawn up the tall hollow tower into the external cooler ambient air (utilizing the chimney effect).

What sets SCTs apart from other renewable energy technologies?

Meets all seventeen UN SDGs and is fully compliant with Environmental, Societal and Governance (ESG) targets.

100% Clean Green Energy Generation with relative fast carbon payback times from manufacturing.

A reduced reliance on many rare minerals such as cobalt, vanadium etc, and smaller dependence on carbon- intensive materials like aluminium.

We anticipate a lifetime of at least 70 years for each SCT.

Water production (upto 120M cubic meters of water per year)

Zero Emissions- indeed, with Direct air Capture of CO₂ and other greenhouse gases, (GHGs) we will not only offset but actually remove GHGs at unrivalled rates.

Zero Pollution with rapid emission zero even when including manufacturing, transportation, construction, maintenance and operations 

Reliable & Sustainable Energy Generation

Large Construction team - Green Jobs - Shovel ready

High Capacity Factor using advanced vast sensor arrays, machine learning tools and advanced Monte Carlo optimization.

Low Operating Costs- and the system will not stop or even reduce outputs even if we have to replace or do maintenance on a turbine.

Cost Competitive: we are about half the price of a traditional desal plant for the same water output, but with much more diverse and sustainable revenue streams. And no saline pollution. Our projected price per MW-h is competitive even with conventional silicon photovoltaic technology and has a far shorter carbon payback period as well as the huge bonus of water production on a national scale.

Tailored to meet demand profile (peak or base load): we can tune the system to maximize revenues across many streams, on a minute by minute basis.

Efficient use of Infrastructure: we aim to fit into whatever is available in any location.

Site Flexibility

Heat storage availability: we have a number of options available with vast energy storage capacity and fast turn-on times.

Wildlife friendly.