May 7th, 2009

Ann Vole

but I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I am both glad and disappointed that there are no websites talking about what I think are the most obvious solutions to most of mankind's energy needs. Disappointed because nobody seems to me looking at the options I am thinking of and neglect to test them when spending large sums of money testing (or theoretically designing) less-practical methods but glad that my idea of writing about it will be the only real study on the topics.

The two main things are: 1) the idea of storing heat under the ground and specifically storing temperatures high enough to create "dry" steam (hot enough to not have any water droplets in the steam which damage steam turbine fins) and 2) matching the cycles of use of heat to the cycles of availability of the source of that heat using appropriate sized battery of heat storage in a series to create the needed delay to match the cycle of the source to the cycle of use.

Here is a site that gets close (but not quite) to what I am talking about:

http://www.solardesalination.com.au/content/SolarThermalStorage.html

and another about a LEED certified "ecohome" using dirt to store heat from concentrating solar collectors.

http://isabellaecohome.blogspot.com/2008/02/i-just-finished-elevation-drawings-for.html