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Would a Tesla Turbine work in a solar updraft tower?

I was playing around with making a small scale solar updraft tower and I was curious if I could use a tesla turbine instead of a turbine with blades. Would the Chimney effect be enough to drive a tesla turbine?

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FoolishSage5 years ago
I am not very familiar with Tesla turbines but a solar updraft tower will generally provide a significant volume of low speed air. If I understand the tesla concept correctly it benefits from high speed and high viscosity, neither of which a solar updraft tower would provide. I dont want to stifle your inventive creativity so I suggest you try it :)

By the way, a solar updraft tower combines the Chimney effect with the Green house effect. It also suffers greatly from the square cube law so a small scale should work substantially worse than a larger scale.
thecoonskin (author)  FoolishSage5 years ago
thanks for the info. Do you think I'd generate more power utilizing something like charcoal as the heat source and still using the chimney effect?
I suppose any source of heat can replace the greenhouse part of the solar updraft tower but if you are burning coal anyhow there are better ways to generate power and I dont think you can call it "solar" any more :p
thecoonskin (author)  FoolishSage5 years ago
yea it just becomes an updraft tower at that point. Well I'll give it a try and see what happens.
Let me know how it turns out. There isn't too much practical info about updraft towers (solar or otherwise) so please share what you find!