Charlwood Design was engaged by
Enviromission limited to create a vision for a future “hope solar tower”
– a solar, thermal power station for the Smithsonian Institute Design
Triennial exhibition in New York. In conjunction with R-Co we developed a
scale model of our concept inspired by the complex network of roots
beneath a tree. The highly detailed final model was produced in machined
aluminium and acrylic.
The tower operates by collecting the
sun’s radiation to heat a large body of air under a glass collection
area, which acts as a giant greenhouse. Based on the principle that heat
rises, this air flows towards the center of the collector through
electricity generating turbines and out of the tower's central chimney. A
single 200-megawatt solar tower is estimated to produce enough
electricity to power approximately half a million households.