The Ultimate Solar Power System
- Looking for a real potential solution to global warming and energy
Check this out:
The principle of operation is simple, and imitates Mother Nature...
the Sun heats the Earth, warming the air and water. Warm air tends
to rise up and potentially release some of the water and heat it
A chimney concentrates and accelerates these actions, and forms a
strong draft in the process. Wind turbines draw energy from the
draft and generate electric power. Water condenses from the
rising air and is collected inside the chimney. Descending water
also generates electric power. The generated electric power
displaces consumption of fossil fuel, indirectly producing a
long-term reduction of global temperature. Cloud streamers exit the
chimney top at a selected altitude, and produce locally an immediate
to mid-term cooling effect. Many chimneys together provide direct
control over global temperature, and may effectively displace fossil
and nuclear fuel use. No fuel is required, and no solar collector
to be built; waste heat is rapidly radiated into space.
The basic idea was introduced by MIT's Prof Victor Starr
in 1971. We recently (and independently) re-invented the idea, and
made refinements which (we believe) make it practical.
You can find Starr's original article and more information here:
- The main problem I see is constructing a chimney tall enough to reach
the upper atmosphere. It would have to be a 'virtual chimney' since
any physical chimney would be torn apart by the wind velocites at such
an altitude as well collapsing under as it's own weight and other factors.
This would be an easy way to solve the chloro-fluorocarbon problem
that allegedly causes holes in our ozone layer. There is an
over-abundance of atmospheric ozone at the lower levels, too little at
high altitude. Just move 'em on up and problem solved.
- There have been several proposals to build a large chimney up the slopes of
our local mountains that surround the Los Angeles basin. Most of the nature of
digging a long tunnel up the mountain slopes. I have seen this presented as
a means to eliminate the basin's smog problem by breaking up the "inversion
layer" that traps the smog in the basin and also as a power generating system
(Put a big fan in the tunnel and tie it to a generator) I know of no serious
studies made of this scheme as the expense would be enormous compared to the
(That big whooshing sound you hear is John and his car being sucked up the
mountain and ejected to the stratosphere.)
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