I Solved the Energy Crisis.

Artesian Wells. Keith told me about them, I looked it up and I begged the question. If I sunk a hose to the bottom of deepest sea would water erupt out of the other end? And if it did, we used a turbine to produce electricity, would we have power forever? It's like a power dam without the need for a river.

Comments

Mark said…
it doesn't work to sink a hose into the ocean. in order for an artesian well to be formed (and they're very very uncommon btw), the aquifer that the water travels through must be trapped between two layers of clay or solid rock, or some other such material which doesn't allow the water to pass through it. in a large body of water like the ocean, there is plenty of pressure on the water at the bottom, but it isn't going to push anything above the surface of the water.

however, putting a turbine on the other side of some sort of retaining wall which holds back the ocean or other water, so that the turbine is below the normal level of that water and recieves controlled flowage through the wall is quite common. this operates under the same concept as artesian wells really. the output of water is below the surface level of that body of water, and is therefore pressurized.

in conclusion, your great idea for energy creation is already how ALL of our hydroelectric power is harvested. in a sense
Quaddle said…
So...if I sunk a hose to the bottom of the sea, I would only have created the worlds largest straw?
Warchief said…
Indeed - and there is great pride to be had in that.

Especially if it's a bendy straw.
Duke said…
I’m still hoping there can be a solution that involves human beings contributing to energy supply. Gyms with machines hooked up to some sort of energy storing device. Work out hard and help with both the countries obesity problem AND energy crisis. Store the most energy, get a tax break! Or a free Big Gulp.

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