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Beaming Modular Power Towers Unveiled for BrightSource's Mojave Solar Plant

by , 08/22/11

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We’re pretty happy that a 392 MW solar concentrating plant is currently under construction in the Mojave Desert to supply enough juice to power 140,000 homes by 2013. But we’re even more excited to learn that BrightSource put out a request for proposals to architects and designers to come up with a better, lighter, stronger, faster (ok, not faster), power tower for their three solar energy plants. Our friends at RAFAA Architecture & Design in Zurich sent us their proposal for two options that make use of prefabricated modular parts and have a strong focus on the total lifecycle impact. Not only does RAFAA want to build a better and more sustainable solar energy tower, but their designs are very easy on the eyes too!

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2 Comments

  1. McDuff June 26, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Look, Captain Middle Class. The world cannot afford your *aesthetic* objections. PV is getting better, but CSP is buildable with mirrors and pipes and can be put up much more cheaply on larger scales. If we’re to ever stand a chance of meeting the energy requirements of the world in 2050 without burning all the oil and coal and raising the temperature by 7 degrees, we *cannot* listen to self indulgent westerners mincing on about how wind turbines are just so ugly.

    You know what’s even uglier? The crisis when Bangladesh vanishes under the ocean. Get over it.

  2. stephen andrews August 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I’m pretty happy these idiots did not poke me in the eye with a sharp f-ing stick too, but these sorts of solar installations are an aesthetic and environmental disaster. the best thing about solar power generation (pv) is that it does not require gigantic blinding phallic tubes perforating the skyline of pristine wilderness vistas for as far as the eye can see, as does wind turbine technology. don’t just get it , get it right.

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