Civilization Will Ascend Higher
If scientific consensus is correct, the greatest challenge civilization has ever faced is rapidly unfolding. But the situation is not as dyer as it seems. Today human ingenuity has powerful tools. The marvels of nanotechnology, DNA, aeronautics and space technology far surpass the problem of energy and water. Besides, era-changing solutions require simple new approaches that circumvent old conventions. It is the scale of the problem that is overwhelming.
Pluvinergy is only a hypothesis at this point but the concept is a simple approach to a simple problem, a cost effective solution on an economic question, an ecologic alternative for environmental issues, and it is on scale to the challenge at hand.
People naturally jump to the conclusion that since environmental problems have expanded with economic growth, then economic growth must be the problem. It is not, economic growth is necessary for a more beautiful and healthy environment. A comfortable modern home can be more energy efficient than an unhealthy, environmentally destructive, wood-burning hovel. It's a matter of design.
The problem is that our energy regimes are dirty. Even the electric grid is an archaic and inefficient construction. Both energy sources and the grid are old and dirty. Of course, people in the industry strongly disagree.
But, the facts support the statement; 40% of electricity produced is wasted in distribution, and then 60% of energy burned is wasted in production before that. As if 76% waste was not enough, the process of extracting fuels is increasingly wasteful, inefficient, and costly. Radiation is also an issue in the case of nuclear energy. Since much of the process is dependent on these wasteful processes to begin with, the whole old energy regime is dirty and destructive. Is it any wonder the environment is damaged?
However, when we decide to create truly clean energy relationship with the earth we can. The simplicity of Pluvinergy is its strength, it can be made to work one way or another. If not, a greater revision of the concept can be made to work. What can not fail is the determination to honestly find a way to harness the energy in the atmosphere.
Can we avert climate change? Yes.
We can even reverse it, if we decide to do so. We cannot stop using fossil fuels and nuclear energy without a replacement, but human determination and creativity can fix the problems we define, and have created. Pluvinergy shows how and why. The majority of the book is about the why and the implications of it. The importance of the implications can not be understated.
Can the Free-Market develop Pluvinergy? Absolutely!
Distortions in economic distribution are the result of market abnormalities, resulting from rapid, energy-multiplied, wealth creation and subsequent lags in deployment throughout the world. These will sort themselves out with increased wealth and knowledge. Increased prosperity is the best solution for economic development, and relative income normalization. Creating a verdant world is no different. It just has to be declared an objective, which is a natural human tendency; we all love a verdant park setting.
Pluvinergy offers comprehensive, global solution; it must consider and resolve these issues. But it is no sweat, with sufficient clean energy. Economic prosperity can go from the current $65 trillion world GDP, to $650 trillion within this century. No other energy regime can offer this level of economic growth while saving and retrieving a verdant world.
Incorporating the rest of the world into economic development requires at least a four fold increase in energy production and economic growth. Such growth is improbable with dirty energy.
The fortunes of current billionaires will pale in proportion to Pluvinergy-era trillionaires. The fortunes of everyday person will be equally greater, and can be much more just.
How can Pluvinergy Provide Energy, Water, and Food? Innovation.
Humanity's strength and beauty are communication and creativity. Bandwidth and capacity to communicate are now hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times greater today than before the Web.
What took decades of study, exploration, and research before the web is now available with a few keyboard strokes. It is just a matter of defining the problem openly, without preconditions.
How can better communication solve climate change? Shared Creativity.
Web communication multiplies the creative capacity for all. From my window I can see the mountain peak for which, 60 years ago, Philip Carlson designed his downdraft engine.
The Israelis and the Indians improved the design and showed how it produces energy cheaper than coal. Meanwhile the Germans designed the opposite concept of an updraft engine, which was built and proven effective in Spain. The Australians are gathering money to build such a powerplant in Arizona. The university of Texas is improving the solar pond complex at El Paso, while the university of Arizona and the US Park Service in New Mexico have built working models combining three of these components.
Pluvinergy is an extrapolation of those designs. Combining these on scale resolves Climate Change, and the related global problems of energy, food, and water demand. The synergy of combining the various engine cycles make Pluvinergy powerful and profitable. Example: The original design of the downdraft engine wastes 98% of the energy it gathers. Pluvinergy uses both the 98% waste for its second process, plus the 2% electrical production. We can't duel on the details here, but with sufficient energy other commodities become clean and benign too.
Is Pluvinergy Proven and Built? It can be.
The book shows the testing we have done so far. Incorporating mechanisms have also been sufficiently demonstrated. All this work has been done with a shoestring budget, because simplicity is Pluvinergy's biggest strength.
A larger prototype can be built in a few years. Such a system could prove all necessary mechanisms for incorporation. Once demonstrated, corroboration, improvement, and deployment would rapidly develop.
Markets would explode with deployment as soon as the first prototype is partially demonstrated. Creating a new era technology is highly profitable; think of oil booms and land grabs in the American continents.
How can Pluvinergy deploy on time to avert climate change? Communication.
The first part is not easy; the scale is too big for a fully incorporated prototype. A full scale model may also requires political support, at the interstate level.
People can expedite consideration and peer-review of the concept through the Web. Once the concept is understood and appreciated, computer-aided discourse and policy formulation can expedite design, improvement, and development of prototypes. Deployment could occur simultaneously with development. The components and sites are scalable, and economically self sufficient. Importantly, it is all benign from the start.
The vision must first be appreciated; this means regular people must appreciate it and support it. Scientists will climb on board if the concept has popular support. We are also pursuing the conventional scientific path, but that is a slow and inconsistent. That process may take decades. Climate change is too urgent, however, we are pursuing both paths.
The Purpose of this site is to expedite consideration of the concept and development.
We can create a harmonious, beautiful, and verdant world if we believe we can and work to attain it.