posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 11:57 PM
absolutly nothing new, the japanese were doing the same thing in the 70's.
There is actually a working power station using this method to generate power. Its in the Mojave desert of california.
Its a good idea that has excellent applications, in the right environment.
There is no one solution to the worlds energy needs, but many solutions that can be optimized for use in the appropriate applications.
It will be the mix of many overlapping technologies that will be most effective.
Tidal energy, wind power, geothermal, hydro-electric, solar power in all its myriad of forms should be made maximum use of.
In the last few weeks I've spent a few day driving in nevada, and I was surprised to find a large number of geothermal energy plants.
A large local snack chip manufacturer has installed a solar heating system for its cooking oil.
One new system that I am particularly fond of, uses a differential in sea water temp, to generate electricity and fresh water.
It only realy works in the tropics and sub-tropics, but is very ingeneous.
There is a floating platform off-shore, the platform has several clear "vacuum vapor domes" . Warm surface water is pumped under high pressure into
the clear vapor domes, which are under vacumm, where it turns to steam and drives turbines to generate electricity. The steam is then pumped into
condensors in deeper cooler water, where it is condensed into fresh water. The fresh water is then pumped onshore for use.