Harnessing the Power of the Sun for 24/7 Energy Generation

By: | December 11th, 2023

Revolutionizing Solar Power Generation

Traditional solar updraft power plants generate electricity solely from solar radiation, limiting their effectiveness to daylight hours.

Researchers in Jordan and Qatar have introduced the impressive “Twin Technology Solar System” (TTSS), a groundbreaking design capable of generating continuous clean energy around the clock. This dual-functionality concept offers more than double the energy output compared to a conventional solar updraft tower.

A Breakthrough Design for Continuous Clean Energy

The TTSS integrates two tower-based technologies into one design: a solar updraft tower and a cooling downdraft tower. These technologies form a unified structure, with the updraft tower at the core of the system.

The TTSS comprises two concentric inner and outer solar towers, turbines, water sprinklers, and a collector. The inner tower operates like a conventional solar updraft system, with solar irradiance heating the air beneath the collector. This warmth causes the air to rise up the chimney due to the pressure column. Simultaneously, the external tower creates a downdraft by spraying water onto the hot ambient air at the tower’s top.

The heated air quickly absorbs the water, descends the tower, and interacts with turbines at the base, producing electricity. This mode operates autonomously of solar irradiance, allowing the TTSS to generate electricity continuously, day and night.

Impressive Performance Metrics

To evaluate the system’s performance, a mathematical simulation model was developed based on energy and mass balance equations. The TTSS demonstrated an annual electricity generation of 752,763 kWh, surpassing traditional solar updraft systems by 2.14 times. Consequently, the TTSS achieved a reduction of 677 tons of CO2 emissions. The design is well-suited for deployment in hot and arid regions, such as remote villages and deserts. Future research will explore the integration of additional technologies to further enhance the TTSS’s performance.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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