If you remember in Part 1, I set the table and server up the hors d’oeuvres, appetizer plates, and salads of harnessing Herricanes (If you don’t remember, STOP! Go back and read Part 1 before continuing). Now I will serve up heaps of real meat and continue the anger management presentation.
Waves, which seemed as big as skyscrapers and actually several times the height of the boats crashing down on the vessels, threatened to squash them all like cockroaches underneath Mother Nature’s shoe. Such power is just begging to be harnessed.
In fact, many companies including Lockheed Martin Corp. are developing utility-scale power-generation plants. I am not talking about a couple of buoys in the ocean generating a few watts of electricity to power a light bulb of fan, but plants capable of generating power for cities.
A company named Pelamis has prototypes of what I call “Ocean Snakes” that are jointed mechanical snakes that bend in seas and generate electric power by pushing hydraulic fluid past turbines when their joints flex. Imagine developing larger snakes that can function in 50-foot seas!
I can already hear your next question, gentle readers. “Fred, hurricanes do not happen often enough to rely on them for power, so how do you address this?”
I have a solution for this also. I am stealing someone’s science fiction idea: heat generating sakes (if you remember the book, please let me know). These mechanical monsters would be much larger than Pelamis’ prototypes and would generate huge amounts of heat when the flexed.
You might ask, so I’ll ask it now “What do heat generating snakes have to do with hurricanes?” The Global Warming activists used to say rising temperatures feed the hurricanes and rising sea temperatures do this. Localized changes in the sea temperature happen all the time globally, rising and falling with seasonal and longer periodic rates. El Nino and La Nina are examples of this climatic change that have been around longer than man’s SUVs.
But, let’s just pretend that more hurricanes will result from Global warming; more hurricanes mean more electricity to meet our needs!
Now, we just exploit what we know about making lots of hurricanes and activate these heat-generating snakes during hurricane season and use them to localize the hurricanes to places far away from land where possible and also use them to increase their fierceness. In other words, use these snakes to make the hurricanes MAD!
Now, here is the ingenious part. Combine all three (windmills, power snakes and heat snakes) and have them reinforce each other and create a synergy that will produce huge amounts of power.
Who knows? Maybe this article will provide the catalyst for a group of companies to turn some cowboys loose and lasso this energy.