Tulip-shaped Ethiopian Energy Plant

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The government of Ethiopia will soon be using the AORA Solar-hybrid system called ‘TULIP’. This concentrated solar tower (elevated towards the sky) looks like a gorgeous energy-generating tulip.

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This ingenious modular system uses less water than other available systems. Its unique design takes up little space (only 0.86 acres/module) yet is able to provide 100 kWh of solar and 170kWh of thermal power with only 8% of the amount of water typically required by ‘concentrated’ solar power projects.

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The design – made to look like a plant bulb – isn’t just cute its functional too. Shaping it in this way allows the sun to efficiently heat the air inside to generate electricity more economically.

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In Ethiopia, AORA is also training local communities to run ‘Tulip’ so the country can achieve its goal of becoming a middle-income, green economy nation by 2025. The uninterrupted power-supply afforded by Tulip will prove an important part of Ethiopia’s development. Firstly it will provide a reliable energy network, secondly, its look will help spread the idea of renewables. A great all-round idea!} else {

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