With all the talk of peak oil, it is hard to believe that something as important as peak water may have already come and gone with no equivalent hue and cry. The major constriction for producing food for a burgeoning population is water - not land. According to the International Food Policy Research Institute, nearly 5 billion people, about half of global grain production, and 45% of the GPD ($63 trillion dollars) will be at risk due to lack of water with current consumption practices. Eighteen countries; including the big-three grain producers China, India, and the U.S.; are now over-pumping their aquifers. For 20 years Saudi Arabia was self-sufficient in growing wheat. They have nearly exhausted their aquifer and will soon quit growing wheat. Recent droughts in California and Texas seem bad but there is evidence that a major portion of the Southwest U.S. underwent a 10-year drought with hardly a drop of rain several hundred years ago. An inexpensive alternative water source is needed.
Bird deaths eliminated.
The sound of the turbine is mitigated by the tower wall.
Flickering shadows on the surrounding landscape are eliminated.
The heat-generating rotating parts of the turbine and generator are kept cool no matter how hot the weather.
The horizontal plane allows more efficient, longer lasting bearings to be used and creates less wear on those bearings.
The horizontal plane also eliminates gravity and wind load fluctuations, making blade construction lighter and cheaper.
Seawater contacting the inner, hard-to-clean surfaces of the device is too cold and salty to form algae, minimizing maintenance.
No chemicals to leak into the environment.
Produces power even when the air is still due to the reverse stack effect.
No azimuth yaw mechanisms needed to keep turbine aligned.
Being at sea eliminates land purchase or rental or eminent domain takeovers.
Nutrient rich deep ocean water can be used for aquatic farming near the surface.
There is plenty of "fuel" since 90% of ocean water is between 32 and 37 degrees Fahrenheit and 40% of the world is tropical or subtropical.
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