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: Open-Source Invention for Unlimited Fuel, Food, Fertilizer and Electricity
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Aug 4th 2011
The world could use an inexhaustible, renewable source of clean fuel, food, fertilizer and electricity, that actually pulls carbon out of the atmosphere, can be “scaled up” to the industrial level, “scaled down” for remote villagers with very limited means, and is completely open source… belonging unconditionally to everyone. This book,
Future Imperative: Power to the People
, provides one. More to the point, the basic invention can be read for free either on
or on Amazon.
The key is a long-standing technology, biogas digesters, and a well-known property of algae -- exponential growth within the limits of available space and resources. As this design recycles byproducts of the process, and the exhaust of any methane burned on site, back into the system to provide those resources, immense productivity is possible, particularly at the industrial scale. Because the fuel provided is methane, large-scale operations involving natural-gas power plants can work out very well for large companies and governments, yet all but the most remote and poverty-stricken villages should be able to produce all of its core products except for electricity... especially since the basic system is so simple it can potentially be assembled from little more than scrap.
The food produced is not commonly eaten in much of the world -- algae in its various forms, including seaweed, is more commonly eaten in Asia -- and may never be a real staple. But effectively unlimited fuel and fertilizer, produced at an incredibly cheap rate in terms of both labor and resources, would have a tremendous impact on agriculture while supporting small and marginal farmers rather than putting them out of business.
goes into far more than just the basics of food, fuel, fertilizer and electricity, however, and discusses everything else made possible and highly economic to organizations, contingent on their skills and technology. These innovations impact everything from the creation of activated charcoal to recycling to smelting steel. Yet
also talks about the means -- ways a small business might finance their start up (if necessary) to the open-source expertise and manufacturing technologies already available online.
You may find all of this useful, directly or indirectly. And it is, of course, free.
Feel free to tweet, email or Facebook this or the above links around. I probably would have posted the introduction here as non-fiction, but given the concerns about posting fiction, and the prospect of a very lengthy post, decided otherwise.
Aug 4th 2011
Thanks for this.
Are you aware of John Robb's resilience wiki
? Your work is just the sort of thing that would find a receptive audience there.
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