Video: World’s tallest building could be a 24/7 Australian solar chimney

Video: World’s tallest building could be a 24/7 Australian solar chimney

By Mark Halper | January 26, 2012, 8:34 AM PST

Bad news for Dubai’s 829-meter high Burj Khalifa. It might lose its distinction as the world’s tallest building, if a bunch of hot air takes root as planned in Australia.

Perth-based Hyperion Energy wants to build a kilometer-high “solar chimney” in the Western Australian outback, in partnership with German engineering firm Shlalch Bergermann. (Okay, so Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal also has a 1,000 meter edifice in mind, as SmartPlanet’s Tuan C. Nguyen wrote in August. I guess what goes up keeps going up!).

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