- Posted March 9, 2012 by
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What's your big idea?
Harnessing gravity with heat, and H2O
Some years back, in 2007, 2008, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, were squabbling over water rights, and this was a considerable dilemma for then governor Charlie Crist, so this got me thinking about how hurricanes can move (and desalinate) millions of tons of water in a very short period of time, without pumps, using only naturally occurring thermal inversion. Because water is quite heavy when condensed (8 pounds per gallon, fresh) it seems that the amount of energy unleashed during a hurricane is considerably higher than is contained in the thermal energy engine that drives such a storm, and the effect of gravity on the heavy condensed water is of course, the reason the energy unleashed is so much higher than the energy driving the mechanism. Hurricanes, in effect, harness not only thermal energy trapped in the ocean, which is dissipated into the atmosphere by the action of the storm, but also the gravity which pulls the cooling rains back down, so the massive power of the storm is mostly attributed to the effect of gravity, a relatively weak force, on the wind, waves, and rains (condensate) of the storm, magnified by the sheer mass of liquid water. This made me realize that mankind could easily mimic nature to harness this great source of pollution free KINETIC energy! And, this got me thinking of ways it could be done. Once I realized this, I came to understand that even a limited source of thermal energy, if not allowed to escape or dissipate, but merely "moved around" using heat pump technology, could make MASSIVE amounts of kinetic energy, by harnessing the "unseen" power of gravity.
Anyway, in my excitement I contacted governor Crist, with the news of this idea, and he liked it enough to forward it on to the Florida Department of Energy, who then contacted me with information about grants, much to my surprise. Well, since I'm running out of my word allowance here, I'll cut this short, I'm just a whimsical musician, so what do I know? http://www.myspace.com/tommytokes/blog/543172675