New Ventures Society
Real Energy Sources
Initial $10 billion
expansion $20,000 billion
upgrade $6,000 billion
As much as the renewable energy supporters deny it, the majority of renewable energy projects are a scam. They depend on extracting subsidies from rate payers or tax payers (or both) to make an uneconomic system profitable. Politicians, being the crooks they are, see nothing wrong in having customers pay many times the normal price of electricity to force electric companies to buy renewables. Or they can establish a renewable system that pays for itself out of tax subsidies without generating an erg. Forcing an electric company to buy electricity from an unregulated power system on a rooftop at retail rates is just criminal. An equitable price would be about 2/3 the wholesale cost of generating (to allow for grid stabilization costs). But environmental activists generate votes, and the campaign contributions are valuable.
There are, of course, a few sites in the world where it is possible to economically generate electricity, but most are in the boonies. And trying to push power with cables across any distance of saltwater is downright foolish.
A classic example is the Spanish subsidies for photoelectric generation. So enormous was this tax subsidy that it actually paid the owners to use diesel powered searchlights to provide light at night to have the equipment generate a few kwh. Anywhere north of 30 N and you lose so much incident light from the Cosine( latitude ) effect that the economics becomes questionable.
Likewise wind energy over much of the land is questionable. An average wind of around 3 mph will hardly provide any power, you need to get velocities up around 35 mph to have any real generation. With the power going with the cube of the velocity you have over 1000 times as much power available. This is why wind farms are sited in high wind areas. But the problem goes far beyond power production. Because of the variability of wind you have to have a matching amount of power as a spinning reserve to take up slow wind fluctuations - at a cost of running expensive gas generators at 25% of full load costs just to sit idle. Further, if you want to tie into a grid you are faced with the problem that at anything over 10% of the power from wind sources the grid is unstable, as witness the complete crash of the state of South Australia power system when the wind turbines shut down at high speed overload during a storm, triggering the failure of the whole state's electric system.
So how can we utilize renewables in the real world without corruption?
We have to use it in place. Generate the electricity in an ideal location, and then use it right there. The products that we make can then be sold economically on the world market.
There are three sources of enormous energies that can be harnessed easily with existing technology.
Consider a ship with enormous turbines on each side. Water flowing past the ship will generate electricity much like any large sailboat gets its electric power from a generator shaft from its motion through the water. If you use the electricity to power electro chemical cells to make chlorine, sodium hydroxide, or even refine aluminum you have created products that depend on a low price of electricity. And in a properly configured system the cost of your electricity is even below the cheapest land based system.
So where are these storehouses of wealth? Two are just off our coasts.
The Bay of Fundy has a tidal range of up to 40 feet. This means that there is an enormous flow of water to create that tide that happens four time each day. Park a generating ship in the path and you have power generating most of the time.
The Gulf Stream is 50 miles wide, 500 feet deep, and flows at a velocity of 5 knots. Anchor a generating ship in the Stream and you have continuous power.
The third source is a bit more remote, but was long noted. The area between 40 S and 70 S latitude was important to sailors in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the Roaring Forties, Furious Fifties, and Screaming Sixties it is an area of high winds that blow almost continuously to the East (round the world). The typical wind is around 35 mph and up so a sailing ship with generating equipment would have an enormous source of power available for the tapping. (see reference)
We plan to construct a fleet of ships capable of extracting this energy.
We would try to utilize the AlCl3 electrolysis to Al and Cl2 and the reverse direction in a fuel cell Al + Cl2 to ALCl3 to provide a power supply to remote areas where power costs can exceed $.75 per kwh or the cost of a power line is so high as to be prohibitive, such as the mountain tops or remote desert sites needed for the microwave power for our space ship launcher.
A note should be made about the products produced by this process. There have been many proposals using aluminum to power cars. Typically a gallium coated chunk of aluminum generating hydrogen to fuel the engine. If instead you used the aluminum in a fuel cell you have an electric car that can be refueled by supplying it with more aluminum, the waste product being aluminum oxide or aluminum chloride, which can be recycled. So in the distant future we have a workable system that can replace the internal combustion engine when the supplies of cheap petroleum give out.