US downdraft power-tower developer Clean Wind Energy has changed its name to Solar Wind Energy (SWE).
The company says the new identity is meant "to more
accurately and categorically define the nature of its business and to eliminate
the confusion of associating its technology with traditional wind turbine
Two SWE towers - hollow 685-metre cylindrical
structures equipped with a water-spray system, each designed to generate 850MW
from high-speed “downbursts” of air that turn turbines in their foundations -
are planned for a maiden development in Arizona. Another pair is on the
cards for a site in Mexico.
"We view ourselves as a hybrid solar/wind technology,
now reflected in the name," says chief executive Ronald Pickett.
"The simplicity of our solution is comprised of
harnessing the natural power of a downdraft created when water is introduced to
hot, dry air within the confines of our tower structure."