Scientists Are Looking To Harness The Power Of Tornados
Mar 04, 2013 12:09
As technology progresses, we're looking to harness the power of everything. From solar to anything renewable, and to natural disasters too. Like tornados. The idea became more concrete over the years and now Peter Thiel (founder of Paypal and early Facebook), has given $300,000 through his Breakout Labs to a Canadian company called AVEtec to work on designs and prototypes for "atmospheric vortex energy".
The idea is that there would a circular chamber which warm air is released at tangential angles, and would create a rising cortex controlled by colder air from the chamber. The turbines would spin and would have an artificial tornado.
A 200 meter wide version of a tornado would be able to generate 200 watts of energy at 3 cents per kilowatt-hour which is cheaper than a lot of ways we're currently doing it now.
In addition, the heat source for creating tornados could be fossil fuel power plants, which means most coal and natural gas plants' waste heat could be used for this purpose.
Would you eat replacement meat? Meat that's not really meat? Beyond Meat wants to change the way fake meat is made, not from tofu and bean burgers, but from plants to taste and feel like real meat. Check it out: Read more
Provided you're a Prime member, but either way, the real story here is drone delivery is here and wow, okay, no more angry deliverymen throwing your packages when you're not home. Plus this one comes in 30 minutes. Or less. Jeremy Clarkson-explained: Read more
It is really tough to get to grips on how large the universe is. Explaining it will take a lot of examples like this video here, and this one here actually does a really good job in giving you some perspective. Check it out below: Read more