|Wayne German's Latest
Wayne German is a most
forward-leaning visionary in AWE. I have been fortunate to be a friend &
coworker in AWE for some years now. His latest musings concern the
potential to make huge molds out of the Antarctic ice cap. If anyone is
willing to undertake his NDA, he'll go into detail, but for years now i
have played a guessing game with Wayne's brilliant imaginative leaps, from
One can use Antarctic windpower to heat water & melt out vast forms in the
ice pack, but what could possibly be formed in such molds? How would it be
removed? Likely Wayne is thinking of his blow-molded membrane-wing concept
at hundreds-of-meters scale. Wayne has long envisioned cheap high-quality
aviation wings made from bundles of thin-film tubes blown into airfoil
molds. Such cheap structure might scale beyond any other.
Imagine a long parade of vast wings flying out of Antarctica someday to
meet global needs. The scientific community has already determined the
Antarctic research sector will be the first wind/hydrogen economy, as it
is currently addicted to diesel. Many other uses of deep ice could occur-
vast cities, hydrogen storage, etc.. With the "spoil" water from the molds
large surface structures could be built, such as giant ram-air ducts for
wind turbines. Geo-engineering the conservation of icecaps & glaciers
might be possible by recycling melt-water that would otherwise be lost to
global warming. Planetary alebedo could be maximised by painting dark
surfaces with ice in winter.
I can't wait for Wayne to make all his concepts public someday. Lets hope
Wayne is able to attend AWEC2010. He was an eccentric star of HAWPCON09
with ideas like hypersonic tethered wings & a heart-felt plea for
~Dave Santos , 2010
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