I mostly talked about my personal history with OTEC and explained why the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research prevailed with open cycle OTEC development. However, I ended with a little vision, the foundational project of Blue Revolution Hawaii (BRH): the Pacific International Ocean Station (PIOS):
$150 billion, but did nothing much for commerce, I suggested that for a mere 10% of this sum, we could build in the Hawaiian EEZ the Pacific International Ocean Station to provide a sustainable marine pathway for humanity. Maybe we might even be able to show the way for only 1% the cost of ISS. Surely, out there somewhere must be that mythical billionaire just waiting for this opportunity. I indicated there was no hope that our Federal government or corporate American would take on this monumental mission, although in time they hopefully will become partners. After all, the whole point is to also help companies make profits.
Two important factors brought up at the workshop (you can read the details in my blog of yesterday) make the above all the more sensible, and, maybe even necessary:
1. Peak Phosphorus is approaching. To quote:
In 2007, at the current rate of consumption, the supply of phosphorus was estimated to run out in 345 years. However, some scientists now believe that a "Peak phosphorus" will occur in 30 years and that "At current rates, reserves will be depleted in the next 50 to 100 years."
Amazingly enough, deep ocean water could well provide the answer.
Yes, the above graph is almost impossible to read, but take it from me: there is a much higher concentration of phosphorus at 1000 meters (1 km, the depth at which the cold water for OTEC will be taken) than at the surface of the ocean. In any case, it is probable that conventional terrestrial farming will, thus, in time decline because of phosphorus depletion. Something like PIOS, in addition to energy, could well provide the solution to the future of food.
Chuck/Hal Helsley and Bob Burke can work out a miracle, commercial fusion looks to be far into our future. Thus, OTEC and PIOS could well be the optimal solutions to the sustainable needs of Humanity. THIS IS WORTH REPEATING: OTEC COULD BE THE ONLY SUSTAINABLE OPTION IN THIS CENTURY TO PROVIDE ENERGY AND RESOURCES FOR THE WORLD AND PIOS CAN BE THE CATALYST TO MAKE ALL THIS HAPPEN!
I am appending this statement because several comments came via e-mail suggesting that the answer was not to meet the needs of our growing population, but to somehow find a way to decrease it. The world is now up to 7 billion and I agree that we have reached a stage of limited resources, and the best solution is to find a way to lower demand through fewer people, lower lifestyles and conservation. I myself predicted a population check in one of my HuffPo's: The World Population in the 2050 Could Well Be 7 Million. I got the feeling, though, that these responders were thinking about something drastically lower. But is there a way to accomplish this "need" without cruel anguish or gross immorality?
I might add that billionaire Leon Cooperman today sent a scathing letter to President Obama. This was the standard Republican rant, but I nevertheless sort of liked (not all nine, but most of) his 9 point presidential plan for the economy he announced in August:
No. 3: Cooperman also wants to unleash the domestic energy industry to develop supplies and reserves, with the goal of ending dependency on foreign oil.