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(Gizmodo)   "What if we just turned the hurricanes into electricity??" Oh honestly, what ignorant boob imagines thi-- Neil DeGrasse Tyson??? Is that YOU???   ( gizmodo.com) divider line
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2017-10-02 08:02:21 AM  
8 votes:
He totally stole that idea from McKay

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2017-10-02 03:18:22 PM  
5 votes:

Snarfangel: [img.fark.net image 453x675]


There was some girl a while back floating this idea, but I forget her name.  It was a really interesting idea.  Just google "Tub Girl" to find the article.
2017-10-02 11:42:28 AM  
5 votes:
Why would you want to generate electricity during a hurricane? Everyone's power is out anyway.
2017-10-02 09:34:56 AM  
5 votes:
Let us assume, just for sake of argument, that we actually can find a means of doing this.

Think of what will happen to the coal companies. Is cheap, clean energy really worth the loss of those CEO bonuses?
2017-10-02 07:55:54 AM  
5 votes:
Hey if you can figure out how to do it all the more power to you
2017-10-02 07:17:37 AM  
5 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: Great: 400-mile wide whorl of lightning.

Imagine that creeping across the Atlantic and headed straight for where you live:

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No wind, but everything's been charred flat.


It would often be heading for Florida. You DON'T want to be giving many of those people superpowers.
2017-10-02 03:11:32 PM  
4 votes:

Splinthar: Also the bigger issue is what do you do with the zetajoules of energy you harvest from a hurricane?  Blow up the moon?  Create a spirit bomb and show Vegeta he's a whiny ho?


You threaten to wreck the power grid with it if they don't pay you a MILLION DOLLARS!
2017-10-02 09:37:47 AM  
4 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: Great: 400-mile wide whorl of lightning.

Imagine that creeping across the Atlantic and headed straight for where you live:

[orig08.deviantart.net image 800x589]

No wind, but everything's been charred flat.


The Asylumn will have that film on Syfy by the weekend.
2017-10-02 08:07:32 PM  
2 votes:
Instead of using nuclear weapons to destroy cities, why don't we use the power of those weapons to generate electricity for the cities we want to destroy?
2017-10-02 11:53:23 AM  
2 votes:

sunderland56: Why would you want to generate electricity during a hurricane? Everyone's power is out anyway.


You'd make an awful Bond villain.
2017-10-02 06:30:07 PM  
1 vote:
Easy enough. Just figure out how to extract heat at a distance. Then scale up. How hard can it be?
2017-10-02 05:53:02 PM  
1 vote:

BenSaw2: indy_kid: Find a way to tap into the thermal energy that fuels the hurricanes.  Problem solved.  Free energy, no hurricanes.

Or maybe just blast that g*ddamn butterfly on the coast of West Africa with a shotgun before the whole thing gets started.

/ no energy gained, though
// Obscure?


The butterfly causes a hurricane, but your shotgun blast causes a typhoon.

Damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't.
2017-10-02 01:00:06 PM  
1 vote:
Here's the paper, "Intermittent generation of 1.21 gigawatts through lightning capture" by Dr. Brown, Emmet and Mr McFly, Martin
2017-10-02 11:34:52 AM  
1 vote:
So a stupid idea becomes less stuipd if a celebrity says it?
Good to know.
2017-10-02 11:34:01 AM  
1 vote:

mjjt: An interesting thought expt bc if you could somehow use the winds as a source of energy it implies that that would reduce the strength of the winds.

Obviously not in realms of present day tech, but how would you do it? Macro scale - large heavy duty wind turbines? or micro scale - lots of small drones?


Build a bunch of really big armored floating islands equipped with giant turbines, immense batteries and/or undersea electrical cables, massive sea anchors, and some form of motive power so they could (slowly) move. Deploy them in the mid-Atlantic or other places where they would be likely to intercept hurricanes. Being a worker on one of those would be a hell of a job. There's some good SF novel material there, as well.
2017-10-02 06:42:05 AM  
1 vote:
Sure......... but HOW? That's kind of important. If you had the power to do it you probably would be advanced enough not to need to.
 
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