04499034 is referenced by 42 patents and cites 10 patents.

A cooling tower for cooling large quantities of effluent water from a production facility by utilizing natural wind forces includes the use of a series of helically directed air inlet passages extending outwardly from the base of the tower to introduce air from any direction in a swirling vortical pattern while the force of the draft created in the tower makes it possible to place conventional power generating windmills in the air passages to provide power as a by-product.

Title
Vortex-augmented cooling tower-windmill combination
Application Number
6/414193
Publication Number
4499034
Application Date
September 2, 1982
Publication Date
February 12, 1985
Inventor
John E McAllister Jr
Aiken
SC, US
Agent
Allen F Westerdahl
Assignee
The United States of America represented by the United States Department of Energy
DC, US
IPC
B01F 3/04
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