Other IRV Applications

 

IRV in Climate Control

Whilst the NRV is perfect for the automatic control of extreme weather events on land, the vastness of the oceans present a problem requiring a different approach entirely.

 

  The use of the cyclone-type IRV phenomena may be limited out at sea for fear of triggering a cyclone but, in addition to aircraft,  IRV technology has significant potential to improve the versatility and scope of solar projects on land and may indeed make it possible to reclaim whole regions presently considered arid and inhospitable.

In the distant past, the west coast of South America was dotted with some of the oldest known advanced civilisations, frequently found in areas now accepted as some of the driest regions on earth. My recovery of vortex technology indicates the recent changes in climate can possibly be put down to the misuse and decay of the ancient pyramid system. Although possibly in serious decline, the final demise of the ancient technology is possibly as recent as the European invasion at the time of Cortez, when pyramids were seen as nothing more than heathen manifestations for idol worship and were torn down and totally destroyed. The Pyramid Majore, in the heart of Mexico city is a case in point. Knowledge of its existence had been lost for 400 years. Evidence of the massive double pyramid only emerged in recent times due to excavations being made for new building work.  To top

At present, most solar power projects are limited to a single, dedicated application but IRV technology promises to totally set that concept on its head to make solar energy a highly versatile technology. With suitable siting and design, a solar project could extract energy from direct sunlight, from tidal power, from wind and convection and even industrial waste, conceivably all in one installation. The power transmission system could simultaneously connect up a number of potential sources as a once-only cost.

The combinations are endless and possibly the best way to appreciate them is to walk through a couple of  projects being contemplate. The same or a similar appproach could apply almost anywhere but especially on flat salt pans in otherwise arid regions.  To top

Lake Eyre, South Australia.

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Dry for decades at a time, Lake Eyre in South Australia is 16m below sea level and, at ~200km from the sea, it is the lowest point in the 1.2M/km2 Lake Eyre Basin. There is apparently no consistent correlation but the fact that Lake Eyre has been flooded the past two years and those years have also  been the wettest in recent times along the eastern seaboard of the continent would seem as less than a total co-incidence.

In relation to vortex technology, the large, shallow lake bed of Lake Eyre would seem absolutely ideal for the development of a desert-greening project on a continental scale, covering all the inland area of the eastern seaboard, west of the Great Dividing Range. Flooded with sea water by a gravity-fed channel and/or pipeline, Lake Eyre would seem an ideal site to instal IRV technology to turn salt water into rain. To top

In the project envisaged, a ring of floatable, mobile NRV pyramid generators would be installed to create a mini cyclone around a central IRV or grounded ACE mechanism. The area under development could be expanded and upgraded with additional vortex units as the area was increasingly flooded.

It is claimed that the total flow of the Murray-Darling river would never fill Lake Eyre because of evaporation but as fresh water was increasingly produced by the project and this water was fed back into the lake by rainfall and run-off generated by the project, it would ultimately fill with far less flow than has initially been suggested.

Further modelling would need to be done but I believe IRV technology has the potential to reclaim the whole basin for more useful agricultural production. Whether this is seen as environmentally desirable is another issue entirely. To top

Western Port Bay, Victoria


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Vortex technology is potentially able to extract clean energy and fresh water from open waters anywhere. The energy is extracted from below the ambient energy line (see diag) and conventional solar input is a welcome and obvious bonus but is not essential. The twice daily flooding of an area like Western Port Bay would easily replace the energy extracted from the water and mud flats during each tidal cycle, making the project infinitely sustainable. To top

Unlikely Energy Sources

Any surface area gains solar energy at approximately 300Mw/1km2. The real gain is inevitably somewhat dependent on the initial temperature differential and the losses due to radiation, wind and evaporation. IRV technology captures and recycles vapour as its primary energy source making the whole process more  energy efficient.

It is entirely possible to add IRV technology retrospectively to conventional cooling ponds on a relatively small scale, making them vastly more efficient as heat absorbers. With vapour drawn from the warm surface, the temperature would drop well below the ambient conditions. Industrial waste heat and solar gain would then quite naturally  raise the temperature  back up toward the ambient norm.

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