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.