posted on Oct, 17 2006 @ 12:29 AM
So here we are scratching our heads on how to create power. Here is an idea that might work, and it's just one possibility, of course.
So, I'm trying my luck with making wine lately. My first batch is underway. The yeast is busily at work as I speak, bubbling out carbon dioxide and
making alcohol. So, I've been doing my reading on wine making, and I've read about how pressure can build in a fermenting bottle, so much so that
it can explode. And I read that you would create a lot of carbon dioxide if you provided your yeast with plenty of oxygen, but you might not get much
alcohol. Ok, so it finally hits me with all this talk of pressure, carbon dioxide, and stuff, so I start thinking about cars that can run on
compressed air. Ok, so you have enough pressure to create a "bomb" with all this carbon dioxide, so why couldn't you use this pressure drive an
engine or a turbine or something?
We'll call it the "nature engine." Yeast needs sugar to ferment and/or release carbon dioxide. Ok, so we slap some sugary material in a container
that can handle lots of pressure, throw in some yeast, maybe some water if needed, have a way to enter some oxygen into the mix, then bam, we have a
pressurized CO2, which can drive things when the pressure is released and used. As far as CO2, we'll have a bunch of trees planted around the area,
that will just love the extra CO2, and the trees can also provide at least some of the fuel for the engine(s) by means of bearing fruit. For
electricity purposes those engines could just as easily be generators. Maybe we need many smaller generators for this to work. The left over pulp
from the process gets recycled back into the earth for use as fertilizer for the trees.
We've used pressurized steam before with fire, but this seems very containable, unlike fire. Simple utilization of solar warming and/or having the
"power plant" underground could help insulate and keep yeast at their best temperature for doing their jobs in different climates.
The cool thing about yeast, is that they can be taken from a one batch of wine to start a new batch of wine. And a yeast packet may not even be
necessary to start the process, but I think it does help to kick it off.
The idea is kind of raw, and the concepts are kind of rolling around in my mind. A quick growing source of sugar would be good too.