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April 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I am going to deviate from our blogs standard of operation and ask a question not related to a science article. My question is regarding the final project we have been working on for the past 3-4 weeks. I would, by no stretch of the imagination, call myself a scholarly writer. Putting words to paper has always been a weakness of mine. However, this project has attempted, whether successful or not, to help break some of my bad habits. Thanks to my project group members I have been able to see, understand, and incorporate several different types of writing. I feel this will have a beneficial influence on me in the rest of my academic career. My question is what other people think of the processes involved with this final project, do you think they have helped you in the long run? I ask because I’m not sure if everything we did as a group had a helpful benefit to it. My group met a lot and on some occasions spent upwards to 11 or 15 hours with each other hammering out parts of the paper. Other times we would meet when we could, whether it was for 1 or 3 hours. I’m curious to know if other groups had the same experience and whether they thought more or less time focusing on the subject is beneficial. I know we will write about all of this in our reflective writing, but I was just curious about what other people thought of the project.

Waterworld redux

March 2, 2012 4 comments

Growing up in Smalltown USA, I never had a want for more space. I lived in a small town, population about 2,000, where we had all of the space we wanted. It wasn’t until I moved to Northern Virginia that I began to realize how cramped a good portion of us live. As the worlds population increases, this problem is only going to get worse. So what are we supposed to do when there is no more land to give us the space we want and need? Enter Chen Xingnuo and his oceanic wind turbines

Chen designed a wind turbine that has the ability to anchor to the sea floor at depths of over 2,000 feet. The concept of the design it to allow the ocean to move freely over, around, and through the shells of the unit. This design will allow for a minimal amount of surface area that is in contact with the water, which will help stop the unit, especially the turbines, from eroding. The turbines will work the same as wind turbines on land, capturing wind to produce energy from the rotation of the turbines. The only difference is that the turbine will be in the middle of the ocean, and the energy will be stored in a floating storage facility until it is needed. Now the only thing needed would be the floating island to attach it to!

What do you guys think, is this a possible source of energy in the future? Do you see humans migrating to “floating cities” to get away from the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded land masses. I do see this technology having some benefits already. If combined with solar energy and wave energy, these turbines could be used to power our structures already out at sea, such as oil rigs (clean energy fueling the extraction of dirty energy). 

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