New solar tower in planning, much like the movie Sahara

kingdingeling - March 13, 2008 12:53PM in General News

Anyone seen the movie 'Sahara' with Penélope Cruz? Do you remember that waste plant they had built out in the Desert? Yep, that's right, this new solar tower looks just like it! Plans are to build it near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, by the company Torresol Energy, a joint venture of the Spanish company Sener and the clean energy initiative Masdar. This type of power plant does not use the sun's light to produce electricity, but it uses the sun's heat focussed on the top of the tower. Because of this amount of heat, steam is created, which is supposed to turn a turbine to produce electricity. In the upcoming five years, the tower should produce 320 megwatts of power and a whole 1000 megawatts in ten years.