Alternative Energy

Published on August 25th, 2014 | by Peter Young

Could Clouds Power The Planet? Air: HES Thinks So

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Finding ways to produce clean, renewable forms of energy is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet today. In order to be successful in doing so, it seems that we’ll need to “think outside of the box”. Or in the case of Air: HES, this would seem to require thinking outside of the troposphere.

The folks over at Air: HES were curious, could we somehow harness clouds and use them to power the planet? Not only that, could we also use these same clouds to harvest clean water and help put an end to drought around the globe? Well, it would seem the answer is yes.

Air: HES has developed a unique cloud harvesting system that could help to put an end to those two major issues facing our planet; clean energy and clean water. The system works by launching a weather balloon roughly 2-3km into the air which is connected to a cloud harvesting panel. That panel condenses water vapor into a liquid and transports it down to a turbo generator which then creates energy. Piece of cake, right? Check out this video to get a better idea of how this technology works:

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According to Air: HES the clouds above our heads could yield as much as 800TW of electricity, which is more than 60 times as much energy as the planet needs as a whole today.

Right now Air: HES is running a crowdfunding campaign in hopes of raising enough money to further develop and research their cloud harvesting technology. They have several different levels of donation you can choose from and they range from $5-$1,000 dollars. So, if you’d like to help Andrei and his team further develop their cloud collecting technology, go ahead and send them a donation. After all, it could be the invention that continues to power and support the planet for years to come.

Photo courtesy of Data Center Dynamics.

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About the Author

graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a degree in journalism and has made sustainability and eco-conscious living mainstays of both his professional and personal life. It was during his time at PLU that he began his journey with sustainability and it's what has led him to writing for Green Living Ideas. He currently resides in Honolulu and works for Pono Home, an energy efficiency company focused on reducing carbon emissions and promoting a healthier, greener lifestyle.



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