Is an alternative unlimited energy resource a physical possibility?
Lieutenant Governor John Piña Craven of the Mariana Islands is saying it’s possible.
The topic under discussion is Craven’s plan to use cold water pumped up from the deep ocean to provide low-cost and environmentally sustainable power, water, and food to a new residential and commercial development in the Marianas, a chain of islands some 3,000 miles to the west.
The piece goes on to say:
Craven’s system exploits the dramatic temperature difference between ocean water below 3,000 feet – perpetually just above freezing – and the much warmer water and air above it. That temperature gap can be harnessed to create a nearly unlimited supply of energy. Although the scientific concepts behind cold-water energy have been around for decades, Craven made them real when he founded the state-funded Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii in 1974 on Keahole Point, near Kona. Under Craven, the lab developed the process of using cold deep-ocean water and hot surface water to produce electricity. By the 1980s the Natural Energy Lab’s demonstration plant was generating net power, the world’s first through so-called ocean thermal energy conversion.
With whispers of peak oil buzzing around, it’s quite obvious that we as people need to explore any and all alternative sources of energy, and Mr. Craven’s vision is certainly one worth looking into.