Solar tube density varies on the different faces of the tower. The highest concentration is on the south façade, in an effort to harness the maximum amount of solar energy to convert to steam power.
The tower is coated in 10,000 evacuated solar tubes. Superheated water from those tubes will be able to power a 360-kilowatt steam turbine (bottom middle), which will provide energy for the tower's systems, including a 22-kilowatt desalination plant that will convert nearly 9,000 gallons of seawater to fresh water daily (bottom left) for irrigation and to refill the solar tubes. The turbine will also power a chiller (bottom right) to provide cool air for the tower's interior spaces.
Slices through the tower show the various uses of interior space, including an atmospheric research laboratory and an observation level.
Twenty-four tension cables connect the top of the tower to the ground to provide stabilization in the face of high winds that could stress the tall, thin structure.