Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Distributed Processing In Our Power Distribution System

Distributed processing used to be the cliche term that first went into vogue when minicomputers, and desktop systems, started taking over from the room sized mainframes. It was certainly appropriate, though, given the advantages that networking in general was beginning to be recognized as having.

It has always been interesting to me that we don't talk so much about distributed processing when we think about power production and distribution.

You could understand it early on, certainly, as power production necessarily started out as an endeavor centered on a quite significant installations; either damming a river, building the cooling and protection for a nuke plant, or placing big coal burners far enough away from where we normally live and work.

We've had fuel cells for some time now, though -- with their size coming down significantly over the last few years especially, and we've had the wind technology to solve the low power density problem (which the Yen Tornado Turbine does, as it happens) of wind, for many decades as well. As such, producing hydrogen at sea with wind power has also been quite possible.

Assuming you could deliver liquid hydrogen, point to point regionally regardless of whether it was over water or over land, fairly efficiently, why haven't we been asking ourselves this question: Why do we maintain a separate, expensive to maintain, single use delivery pathway, for electrical power over wires at all?

The thing is, we are certainly going to be keeping roads and highways going well into the future, in any case, for distribution of a lot of other things, and those right of ways offer integration advantages with the various sorts of piping any society has to have as well. Why don't we just accept that and look at delivering hydrogen to fuel cells, instead of electrons to a meter, and main power panel. And we do that to the best degree of granularity that we can with structures that require power, limiting the wire to the structure itself. That way, the water byproduct might at least be used to augment toilet flushing, or yard watering. And you would also get away from the triple+ whammy of wastage when you burn something to generate steam so that you can then turn the movement of magnets into electrons, lose some electrons on the way there to heat, and then use the electrons to create heat again for the house, or cooking. With hydrogen delivered (by pipe or cryogenic vehicle to storage tanks) you can burn it directly for heating or cooking, and the fuel cell gives you one of the most efficient ways there are to make on demand electrons.

This is just another reason why I think hydrogen is the way to go for our fuel requirements. Look into this yourself and see what you think. Do it quickly, though, because the clock is ticking.






No Sand Is Important If You Like Using Concrete

And we all know how ubiquitous concrete is for construction. And if we were suddenly faced with the need to build... I don't know, say, a whole lot of floating cities to make up for all of the coast lines that are going to be under water in the the next ten to twenty years, what are we to do then?

Fortunately my approach to building new structures at sea would use a hemp based composite material. So much of it, in fact, that it could easily become a new, viable export crop for a lot of nations that would find it hard to grow much of anything else. So it would be a win win for us and a significant portion of the rest of the world.

Just some more stuff to think about as we roll ever onward towards a world in permanent crisis mode.


A REAL MI-GRAIN


It’s one of our most widely used natural resources, but it’s scarcer than you think.







Monday, May 22, 2017

We Need An Alternative To Capitalism


It’s Not Just the Assembly Lines — Robots Could Wipe Out 40 Percent of Retail Jobs









On A More Positive Note For The Exploration Of The Ocean Floor

Egregious extraction of resources aside, we absolutely need a permanent presence on the ocean floors of the world. Just as we need a similar presence in the rest of our solar system.

For the ocean floors, however, we must begin cautiously. To the greatest extent possible, we must first understand how that ecosystem works before we place too great of a manipulative presence there. And you should understand, that is a completely different ecosystem down there, and we understand only a little of it now. One that, however different, still interacts in undoubtedly very important ways with things up here, which of course we also don't understand very well.

Interestingly enough, there is a way we could get that initial, physical presence, while still accomplishing something else very practical, in a much more direct way, outside of the oceans.

There is another public works project that I would like see our nation consider. A project that would be leveraged by the fact that the sea based, liquid hydrogen producing, Yen Tornado Turbines, project already recently described, would provide the ready made presence at sea of large scale, floating platforms. Platforms that could also support my alternative to space elevators, or rockets, as a way to move large quantities of cargo into low earth orbit. That alternative would be the world's first underwater, suspended tunnel. In this case a tunnel that would start on a deep part of the ocean floor (at the equator, naturally, and probably in the mid Pacific somewhere), and then, inclined at a somewhat shallow angle, would extend out till it exited the surface (perhaps for another 300 meters or so), down range, say, 300 miles or so. And in that tunnel would be a mass driver apparatus of best possible design.

The beauty of this, as far as the ocean is concerned, is that it provides an operations base for exploration we've never had before. A base for which the automated, and manned stuff could go out and observe, 24/7. A base of operations for exploration that would be quite separate from launch operations which would do no more than make noise, and generate heat, which, I believe could be managed adequately, and appropriately, for that environment.

This would be, you see, a chance to start the real exploration of both unknown realms at the same time, and we could do it all as a part of setting up what would be an extension (with hybrid dirigible/blimp trains) to a world public transportation system, I have also proposed.

This may seem a "dream too far" to most of you but I assure you it is not. Getting out there is fundamental to the survival of our species. That means being able to get out there in a very big way. Which then means industrial sized materials flow. And if you aren't talking something that can at least do 100 ton payloads every hour, 24/7, than you are dicking around. And precisely because this is so important, it must be made so that all people on this planet have a chance to benefit from it, and I, for one, cannot see that happening if we leave this to purely "market" forces.

Just some more stuff for you to be thinking about as you make that effort to become better informed. As well as the effort you are going to make to have something better be created with which to organize ourselves with. If not what I'm suggesting, then find a better alternative.



What Could Possibly Go Wrong...

...With a wild West Attitude, and mega huge sums of money involved, not to mention feuding national interests as well?

Perhaps the better question is whether anything really good will come from it at all; at least as far as the rest of us, and the planet, are concerned. And don't start with the whole "jobs" carrot they'll probably trot out. Between the depths involved, and the move towards robots in manufacturing anyway, just how many good paying jobs, at work that won't be hazardous to your health, do you really think this will generate at all?

As things are, in the end it will likely be a lot of damage done, through a lot of strife, so that a few will make huge profits. Oh happy day.


IN OVER OUR HEADS


In the coming years, a new gold rush will begin. Deep beneath the ocean’s waves, from scalding hydrothermal vents to the frigid stretches of the abyssal plain, ocean processes have deposited vast quantities of valuable minerals on the seafloor.








If We Take Control Of Our Own Production And Consumption...

...Every community will be able to grow much of its own food; one way or another.


LAND OF PLENTY


Indoor farming is a trendy startup space, but many of those ventures have recently failed. Plenty thinks its technology, model, and timing mean it's the place that will finally turn greens into green.






Everything Is Interconnected

Do you seriously think that disappearing ice, rising oceans, more extreme weather, scarcer resources and increasing areas of instability won't create a World In Permanent Crisis Mode? Especially when everything everybody does is in everybody else's face, 24/7?

Doesn't matter whether you do or don't, though. Soon enough you will be a believer.

COLD COMFORT

Scientists are sprinting to understand what is happening in West Antarctica as the planet warms around it.


A WATERY GRAVE

Devastating floods could strike twice as often in certain parts of the globe.