Yes, Never-ending energy – everyone is thinking about the renewable and many are contemplating sustainable – but what of a dynamic rethink that puts a lot of what we know to the test and to some amazing degree takes the equation and solves it in one go…….?

You’d like that wouldn’t you.

Here’s my suggestion;

Turbines are a great way to harvest the wind, so build a flying aircraft carrier that remains perpetually airborne at very high altitudes, trailing turbines behind it – eventually all it’s power requirements are met with an onboard supply.  
   Each one has around four runways for Starlifter size craft [volume, not weight] to land on e.g. and there’s enough cells to exchange in each plane to power 20,000 homes for a month, a “landing-taxiing-docking-cell exchanging & take off” procedure using fully automated systems for speed of transfer tying each runway up for less than an hour (say 25* instead of 24 ‘hours’ per day) at a time means 1 month of electricity requirements for (4×25*nice round number] x20,000) =2,000,000 homes’ electricity per day per carrier.
  Population earth is currently approaching 7,000,000,000 which is divided by three for a typical average number of household occupants, so there currently needs to be upwards of (3500/3)=1167 carriers airborne to make the provision on a daily basis.   As stable & durable as these would be in service, they would be completely recyclable components that can fall harmlessly into and float upon the ocean, or over the arctic/antarctic as the simplest way to manage them out of the sky where they are built in stages – carrier first as an expansion on a first stage craft, then by landing with parts, each element comprising the fully functioning ‘power station in the sky’.

Any processing of the cells is performed at sea-going aircraft carrier landing sites – large containment vessels for hundreds or thousands of cells could be packed or unpacked so small commercial/retail cells are available to individual consumers, while some cells are used as is and attach when deployed, to a power grid servicing the consumer-base much as the present-day solid fuel type stations do.
  These are industrial flights’ airway routes kept separate from commercial & business airways and to the fullest extent operate almost completely unmanned or remotely piloted/driven, yet with the means for an operative to arrive & service just about any point on the system if properly equipped.

   As a routine operation to bring power to every home – the eventual running cost should seem to taper & peter out in comparison to the energy provision it supplies.

   …..& that’s my idea that I feel quite certain is achievable in just a mere mortal human’s lifetime.


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  1. Leone510 says:

     Population earth is currently approaching 7,000,000,000 which is divided by three for a typical average number of household occupants…??????

    In countries such as the UK, possibly. Visit Africa and I doubt you’ll find three people as the typical average number!

  2. @Leone510   Hi, thanks for commenting…
    – Equatorial countries like Africa would get the dual-action [two-sided] solar panels I have designs on …, cannot find any current posting – it’s all making it here eventually though;
         : while creating a domestic electricity output the panels primarily power refridgeration units for opposite side panels that cool, and so collect condensation – clean water from fresh air πŸ™‚
    – Further to this, if the amount is greater, such as in industrial applications – an installation would have many panels as tributaries that create enough running water to turn a wheel and so also collect on a hydropower opportunity.
    When the governments of the world have agreed these steps will elevate any person’s status to a healthier, more productive end, so approved & initiated the build, we can move on to other business with assurance of a permanent employment sector devoting itself to the ideal utility (e.g. windscreen wiper manufacturers get a step up as their product is adapted for the most efficient, clean, dry wipe of a panel with a specifically channelled run-off), with future technologies stemming from it even including the terraforming & colonisation of new worlds.
    By ‘average’, I meant to imply no one person occupies a house alone as the widespread norm – if a house is built, so it usually accomodates one or more people, and there aren’t 7bn houses.
     I would begin instigating such matters with a project/challenge like this;
    tx again πŸ™‚

  3. Leone510 says:

    It seems a great (but perhaps idealistic) plan in theory and would be interesting to see if it worked in practice.
    Now I’m no engineer (although you may well be), so this question may sound naive: how would a 2-sided solar panel work?  Surely the sun rays can only hit one side of a solar panel at a time, thus rendering the other side useless.
    I have to confess that I like a nice coal fire, so would be somewhat of a black sheep if your plans came to fruition.

  4. @Leone510 – Thanks for replying;
    …the two sides perform differently – one is the solar panel harvesting energy from light, the opposite and even remote side is cooling using the solar energy to power for a refridgeration effect, literally such as those in the back of a fridge – this creates condensation which runs off or it is wiped as dry as possible depending on which method is capable of creating & collecting the most moisture.  (the wipers need motor power too, or an innovation that splices an insight into gravity with a wiper blade caused to spin or see-saw against the surface as water accumulates and firstly gathers along the squidgee edge to set it in motion.  In the ideal scenario, there is energy to spare so the solar collection is more than required for the fridge panel creating condensation – and, with enough water to collect, there’s a yet further opportunity to collect on hydropower – this would be quite the large scale operation to say there’s hydropower in condensation run-off, but the bigger it is, the greater the requisition & the more efficient it can become.
      Coal fires should always be around with no real detriment to the environment or loss/lack of supply, coal is constantly being created so moderation could make it as renewable and sustainable as the new green options – coal fires can be fairly said to be unnecessary in some parts of the world and while in others they are the easiest & arguably best way of heating, yet still some of them could be good imitations and still provide optimum heating.  There’s a lot to be said for a mixed fuel source – the coal is the furnace type heat you only need a very small amount of and the logs & brickettes you can use without fear of depleting the original forests and woodlands (they do not grow back, the new plant life is not what would have grown under cover of long-established growth) are sufficient for the rest of the [not as] cold [but I still need heating] days.
    Drax powerstation consumes coal equivalent to the weight of a car every second, so if it provides a means of heating such as electricity you’d think it’s the more efficient way as they’re squeezing the most out of the fuel to get the best deal balancing the consumer and the product.
    You got me thinking though about a two-sided panel, if the light is travelling ‘into’ the photolytic cells, then it is to some extent going ‘through’ and so it may be possible to back the panel with a mirror which reflects the light back into the cells or a reverse side where it is collected again – as if to say the best panel would seem to absorb light rather than it is just played upon the surface.
    [&] I’m totally impressed by solar funnels – they’re simplicity in itself and with so much scope for ways they can be deployed.  They’re proven to work during midwinter in Utah, so it is light collecting to make heat, as the funnel shape intensifies the usual concentration of light in one spot.

  5. Leone510 says:

    Sounds like you’ve given this a lot of thought. The thing to do (assuming you haven’t already!) is to contact the greener energy companies and see if they will run with your ideas. Is your house kitted out with energy -saving gadgets and the like? I’d love to have solar panels, a wind turbine and a light tunnel (I guess this is what you called a solar funnel), but their prices seem so prohibitive at the moment. It seems to me that we live in a contradictory world – we’re asked (told? lectured? made?) to think of the environment and ‘do our bit’ but then are financially slammed for doing so!

  6.    One day the internet searching of b/millions enquiring after the green solution will bring all who can appreciate and implement these words, I have contacted such like as Burt Rutan’s commercial enterprise, expanding on my ‘perpetually airborne power stations’ idea – something that strong, light materials & fly-by-wire technology could be developed for and possibly end any instance of [power/source] shortage indefinitely.  I also contacted a few websites while associating the Ariel detergent advert in aid of Unicef – went on Ecover’s site & ended up ordering a hippo :-/….  Check out the blog on solar funnel (*not the tunnel, that channels light from rooftop to indoors to save on electric bulb illumination) is an easy-to-assemble funnel shape lined with reflective material – baking foil is fine for this – and a collector in/on the hotspot is a chamber serving as an ‘oven’ – These rudimentary devices can pasteurise and will make dried packet rice soft in around 45mins (the 10min luxury literally becomes an unnecessary drain on resources to the organised & well-prepared cook).*I was in fact searching for the tunnels when I happened across the funnels and discovered the research/development done at BYU    – see think pricing at this early stage in realising just how green we must be to contend with a spiralling population growth is essentially going to be high so the interest in the ‘future of green’ is assured if only by enabling more investment (where the manufacturers & providers of green products/services have to plough their profits back in and perhaps even manage to set up without a ‘cash flow’ to speak of – There’s still electronic transaction after cash and what a person can do in business that’s environmentally friendly is still a trade off of their time, energy and some resources – somewhere it connects them with other people who have something to offer in return and there’s the possibility it can all be done by word of mouth and bypass telecommunicatiuons & finances completely -i.e. it’s the old fashioned ways of our ancestors to be precise, but in the event a sudden population growth causes decimation of numbers as an immediate rebuke when the procreative action cannot be followed through with support for vital life-supporting needs like fresh water, food & medicine, so the lesson it would teach is a more measured approach to using or doing anything, as the long advised moderation becomes enforced like a law or rationing).    For me it’s not a bold step at all no matter what price – if green is the way then it is in all new-build – existing structures that can be adapted will still stand and in time the efficiency of the green homes will begin to show the saving made – there’s always an initial push to get things started – in this case green=greater expense is just a precursor to the benefits that should become increasingly perceptible and so too should the drop in that first step taken to be more conscious of the environmental issues – eventually you’ll not just want solar tunnels built in to new homes as standard, but also a way to move the light around – mirrors & fibre optics can send the rays to any spot and in any direction, like a torch – and e.g. any dark landing used at night to reach bathroom from bedroom could also benefit from glow-in-the-dark products, charged by solar tunnel during the day, these would give the least energy consuming ‘light’ to giude in the darkness throughout the night……check out again for taking the time to discuss πŸ™‚

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