Before, on this site, we’ve mentioned the Wind Stalks being installed in Dubai. The Wind Stalks are tall reeds that sway in the wind, generating energy transmitted to machinery below. They are considered to be a viable and less visible alternative to windmills that produce energy for the power grid.
Some plans have been to implant the Wind Stalks in the bottom of the ocean to generate energy from the flowing ocean currents. But, there is now another concept in the works that could also benefit from the unending energy of the Earth’s oceans. It’s carpet.
The carpet is based on the ancient mariners’ habit of seeking out mud holes when a storm is on the way. Apparently, the seas above a mud hole are much calmer, because the thick layer of mud below absorbs most of the energy from the raging sea. The University of California at Berkeley has developed a type of “carpet” that can imitate the muddy ocean floor, absorbing energy from ocean waves. This energy should then be converted into electricity.
According to CleanTechnica.com, UC Berkeley is working on a way to attach this synthetic covering to the floor of the ocean without creating any environmental backlash. They want to avoid smothering anything beneath the carpet. It should float freely, but generate energy. At the same time, it could create calm areas in the oceans.
This is quite fascinating, the concept of converting the movements of nature into electrical power. This, in conjunction with private home use and industrial use of E-Cat power units, could contribute to a much healthier planet and more available electricity for the general populace.