Canadian Ingenuity !

United States
November 1, 2007 6:26am CST
This man is a genius! Imagine, being inspired by one of the most destructive forces in nature to come up with a means to help solve the energy crises! Read about it here. http://environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/futures/31672 What do you think of this man's invention?
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I'm taking this one with a grain of salt. Anything that would extend 10 to 15 kilometers into the sky is bound to be dangerous to any passing aircraft. Also, wouldn't there be a lot of turbulence surrounding something like that? He claims it couldn't survive on it's own, but there has to be a point where it could become self sustaining, and then that would be bad news all around. I think a lot more study is in order.
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• United States
1 Nov 07
Aircraft flying into the vortex could be a problem. Why didn't I think of that? You certainly could not see it very easily either. Large aircraft could ignore it probably as it would get weaker the higher it was, but small aircraft could get slammed by it pretty hard. I believe he has tested small versions. Still, how about one only 50 feet tall and 3 feet wide for a prototype? I volunteer my woodstove for the project.
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• United States
1 Nov 07
I think it would show up on their radar. I used to burn wood, and that would be really handy at times for the chimney.
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
1 Nov 07
An interesting idea. I could see this being added as part of the cooling system of a plant with radiator coils providing the heat sourse needed to get it running. Nice idea.
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• United States
1 Nov 07
Yes, it is a nice idea. It would be utilizing what would normally be "waste heat" thrown away. The idea of using it as a chimmney in addition to generating energy is great, too.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I think it's a great way to power things. I've always like the concept of windmills and this is a vast step up from that. I hope he gets it going and it becomes popular. "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS" **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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• United States
1 Nov 07
Yes, it is. It also is an example of how blessings emerge from a free society.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Great story Redyellowblackdog, thanks for sharing it. What do I think? Well, I'm excited for the possibilities, and nervous about the possibilities. Although I love to learn about great ingenuity, I also worry for the idiocy that naturally follows. For example: I can easily see some ignorant governmental administration employing this device, on a grand scale, to alter hurricane trajectories. Sounds wonderful on the surface, but if hurricanes don't make landfall, then inland drought is the natural result. So, I give this guy a great, big gold star, for putting his thinking cap on. And, I hope he gets funding to take this project to the next step, heck I'd risk a bit of capital on his plan, but I would hope that the project is always directed with integrity and caution.
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• United States
1 Nov 07
If I remember correctly he has been working on it for several decades already, so, it is not being completed in haste. Your welcome. I enjoy reading and sharing science stories. It is merely fun for me.
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
1 Nov 07
I think it is a great idea. I hope the Canadian Govt. keeps supporting this research. So often Canadians are not successful in their own lands and have to go abroad (mainly the US) to get funding for their projects.
• United States
1 Nov 07
I hope the Canadian Government would provide private industry in Canada incentive for this invention. Then the government could get out of the way and this project would really take off.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
11 Dec 07
I've been wondering when someone would come up with something along these lines. A few months ago, I read that a single Cat 2 hurricane generates enough energy to provide the entire U.S. with electric power for a full year - IF they could collect and store the energy. A "mini-tornado" would be much easier to collect energy from and you wouldn't need a way to "store" the energy.
@Jorden91 (53)
• United States
11 Dec 07
wow, how does he come up with that.... I'm still having issues grasping how exactly it works....