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With wind power technology still in its youth, engineers are constantly coming up with new ways in which forceful gusts can be exploited for the sustainable generation of electricity. The Downdraft Tower supports a strategy that the mainstream wind turbines do not employ.
The Clean Wind Energy Tower scheme operates on the principle of vertical currents, influenced by the temperature and consequent weight of air molecules. This innovative cylindrical structure will continuously spray water on its top, attracting cool dry air and causing it to grow heavy. Turbines at the base will spin with the impact of 50 mph breezes, and with the supplementation of wind vanes to harness horizontal gusts as well, the Downdraft Tower would have a net output of 1,500 megawatts per hour.