According to a post at architizer.com:
The Tower operates on a simple concept in which mist is sprayed at the top of the tower, while evaporation causes cool air to rush to the bottom, at a rate of up to 50 mph. This rush of wind causes turbines to spin and gets the energy flowing.It would be the world's fourth tallest structure, would operate 24 hours a day and generate 435 megawatts of power.
The concept was first patented by Dr. Phillip Carlson, then at Lockheed Aircraft Corp. in 1975, and was shown in Popular Science magazine in 1981.
Check out this video: http://youtu.be/rMMlmqohOJs
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