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An insulated thermal mass oven to trap heat produced within it. Approaching 95% effecienty, thus allowing it to "coast" on the latent heat.


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Summary

1. To use hydrogen (or fossil fuel) engines to generate enough electricity to heat large tungsten hot plates, set beneath huge steel boilers. (100' x 20' diameter)

a. The boilers will be stood upright, and totally encased within a cement blockhouse which will act as a thermal mass oven. (Think "Light Bulb")  

2. The cement blockhouse itself will be enclosed by double walled, vacuum insulation system to prevent heat loss. Further the walls and ceiling will contain steam pipes to radiate and absorb heat throughout the structure.

3. The encased, inner boiler room will contain as many as 40 boilers standing upright and set upon large tungsten hot plates, which will be used to superheat steam in the boilers, and to act as thermal mass collectors.  

a. The boiler room will also be filled with argon gas to promote heat transfer and to eliminate the effects of oxidation. 

4. Operation of this system will require the entire structure to be heated up to a 1700 degrees F. maximum boiler room temperature. Thus heating the  entire thermal mass oven up to over 1400 degree F. 

a. The insulation of the thermal mass oven will prevent heat loss, and allow this system to coast on the latent heat trapped within it for some hours. And I suspect, many hours as the density of cement and steel as compared to superheated steam is so much greater. 

5.  The larger this system (in comparison to the electrical generators needs) the more efficient it will be. 

a. Creating the possibility of using electricity created by this system to power the tungsten hot plates under the boilers to re-heat the entire structure to maximum operation temperatures during non- peak hours, and coasting on the latent heat stored within during the daytime peak hours, making this system perpetual in its nature.

6. Of course hydrogen (or fossil fuel) engines as back up energy to run the hot plates will always be available.


Category of the action

Reducing emissions from electric power sector.


What actions do you propose?

1. This system will produce little, if any pollution, and release little heat into the atmosphere, making it totally eco-friendly.

2. This system would allow for the abundance of inexpensive electricity, creating a means, and reward (price) by which people can convert to electric cars and bikes for inner-city  transportation,  eliminating some of the emissions produced by commuters.

3. The prospect of abundant electricity would spurn the growth of long distance, high speed electro-magnetic trains, which should be built big enough to carry cars and trucks across the country to eliminate emissions produced by thousands of vehicles that make these trips daily.

4. The power supply could be used to run desalination plants to address the fresh water shortages our world is facing. (included in "Energy-water nexus" contest) 

5.  This power system was originally developed for another invention I am going to present in "geoengineering workspace", called "ocean cooling machine".

6.  The availability of power to third world countries would increase their quality of life greatly, and stop the building of coal fired plants.


Who will take these actions?

I believe these actions will have to be taken by a created business, and receive government support to be enacted as quickly as they should be. 


Where will these actions be taken?

Globally


How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?

1. Considering the economic availability of electricity and its full implications concerning electric vehicles I would guess this system will decrease world emissions by well over 1000% as compared to standard coal and fossil fuel fired electric plants, when fully implemented.


What are other key benefits?

1. The proliferation of electric powered transportation.

2. The ability to power desalination plants.

3. The ability to power ocean cooling machines.

4. The ability to power third world nations.

 


What are the proposal’s costs?

1. I suspect that a large system built to run large cities would cost upwards of 80 million dollars. 

a. Which is slightly more than the 40 million dollars it presently costs nuclear power plants to change their uranium cores every 18 months, and no where near the billions, and no where near the billions spent in building and running coal fired and nuclear plants today.  

2. For lesser applications such as water desalination and ocean cooling machines the cost could drop to as low as 5 million dollars.

3. Further the lack of material costs to keep the system running will be extremely low, requiring a business to simply recoup the costs of building the structure and employing workers.  Thus I anticipate a 40 % drop in electrical prices from this system.

Granted I have no exact working designs, yet, but suspect these numbers are nearly accurate.


Time line

ASAP.  As money allows.


Related proposals

Ocean cooling machine in Geoengineering, Water desalination plant in energy-water nexus.


References

I have no necessary references as it is all pretty common sense stuff.  I will include them if you feel you need them but ???   I'm a pretty simple man.