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Australia's solar tower will be world's tallest building

A PLAN to build the world's tallest structure has won government support in Australia.

The project is for a 'Solar Tower' - a 1km high chimney that uses the sun's radiation to create wind that drives turbines to generate 200MW of electricity.

Australian federal industry minister Ian Macfarlane said last week the £290M project had been granted major project facilitation status.

This defines projects of national significance and ensures streamlined decision-making for necessary government approvals.

The next stage is for the state government of New South Wales to give the scheme planning permission for a site at Tapio Station near the border with Victoria.

German consulting engineer Schlaich Bergermann is adapting a generic design to Australian design standards for client EnviroMission (NCE 27 April 1999).

The firm previously designed a 50MW prototype plant built in Manzanares, Spain, in 1982.

The 130m diameter Australian tower will be built of reinforced concrete and will be surrounded by a 3.5km radius greenhouse made up of solar collection panels.

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