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Solar design never looked so cool: 7 modern projects

By: Bryan Nelson on May 9, 2013, 4:41 p.m.
Almeisan Tower

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Almeisan Tower

Created for Za’abeel Park in Dubai, this stunning tower designed by architect Robert Perry would not only provide its own energy, but more than enough energy to run the rest of the park too. 224 large heliostatic polished mirrors positioned on the tower's top platform would rotate to track the sun, which then reflect brilliant beams of light into a central collector at the tower's tip. This magnified sunlight would then be used to generate steam to power a turbine.

The tower would also provide the venue for a cultural center. An observation platform near the top would offer fantastic views.

"Almeisan" is the Arabic name for one of the brightest stars in the sky from the Gemini constellation. It's a fitting name for a tower that would surely be defined by the sunlight beaming at its tip, likely visible from a great distance.