Building Pluvinergy and Pluvicopia
Pluvinergy theory is much more complicated than Pluvicopia. Pluvicopia is inexpensive to build and operate. The problem with Pluvinergy is that power plants must be built at full scale. The cost is comparable to a conventional large nuclear power plant. But its output is about ten times larger, and its byproducts are all beneficial and provide additional revenue more valuable than the power output. And, of course, the energy source is better than free. Since Pluvicopia is so much cheaper, it should be built first, the Pluvinergy will be easier to model, design in detail, and build with the experience from Pluvicopia.
Currently we are building a 2000 square meter tubular Pluvicopia prototype to demonstrate, develop, and advance greenhouse designs. This prototype is expected to cost only $4 per square meter. We estimate that a full scale system will cost less than $20 per square meter. If this is even close to final cost, the technology is fantastically inexpensive. An operating system could cost one third of the cost of a conventional combined cycle gas power plant. Yet, it would produce a half Colorado River of new fresh water on command. At the same time it would produce almost the same power output as the gas fired power plant.
Pluvinergy Developmental Plan and Status
Pluvinergy is a hypothesis proposing to concentrate atmospheric energy trough wind structures so that energy can be produced very inexpensively night and day. The idea being that if we can concentrate constant high wind density, from energy in the atmosphere, the harnessing and distribution infrastructure would be orders of magnitude cheaper. If wind is already cost competitive with coal, it follows that we could produce energy at less than a penny per Kw hr.
It's a cool idea, but it will have to wait for better development. The rest of the site is currently closed until the concept can be better expressed, with peer review validation.
Pluvicopia is the first step in developing peer review for Pluvinergy. You can find PDFS with concepts here if you are given password to access other pages.
Idon't mean to be coy, it is just that Pluvinergy is an ambitious concept that seems a little crazy. Craziness quotient needs a little reduction, so that Pluvicopia concept might be taken seriously.
Pluvicopia is a very simple concept.
Theat-e which gives us figures about the total energy at each level of the atmosphere including both sensible and latent heat. It is usually higher at the bottom of the Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL). Above the PBL, it increases much higher, that is why the atmosphere stays cold and stratified as it is. It's so cool, it's hot, for atmospheric nerds anyway.
Theta-v only considers sensible heat, and it is lowest just above the very bottom of the PBL.
Pluvicopia uses these two characteristics to select the highest energy air, which usually also has the highest water content, to power convection.
Convection would happen automatically if it were not for CIN cap which keeps it from happening, and which causes the sudden eruption of this same convective energy, which we call a convective storm.
The concept minimizes the cost to accomplish this breaching of CIN, with a very simple very well established mechanism, to reach its Convective Convesation Level, CCL.When you do that, and reach LFC, you get drop formation, and in the case of Pluvicopia mechanics, precipitation.