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Filling Reservoirs for Hydro Power and Reverse Osmosis

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Posted by Morris Dovey on August 5, 2007, 6:41 pm
Fran's post
filling a reservoir using tidal action and the responses to it have
tickled my imagination. I've been thinking about areas where there
aren't such wonderful wind, wave, and tidal energy sources - but with
similar elevated real estate close to large bodies of water...

I've been tinkering with fluidyne engines (there're links at the page
in my sig) and have been wondering if chains of solar-powered (using
either parabolic trough or high-efficiency flat-panel collectors)
fluidyne pumps might not constitute a good solution.

The advantages to this approach would seem to be the low cost,
simplicity, and minimal upkeep requirements.

I've been playing with techniques to conserve and pass unused solar
heat up (and across) chains to passively and naturally distribute the
energy used to drive the pumps. The more I've played, the more
interesting it's become...

Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA

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