We all use electricity from the moment we awake to the moment we go to sleep, this means that electricity should always be available to everyone. This means that the production of electricity should be constant.
Nuclear fusion and fission are constant, but in the other hand the solar/wind/wave farms are not. This is one of the reasons why they are not popular. However if it is possible to place one of these farms in a place with a high constant energy they might become more favourable.
Aircrafts use the jet stream in the stratosphere to save fuel and shorten flight times. The jet stream is a constant wind displacement in one direction creating a narrow band in which the airspeed is very high.
If we use this wind to power a farm of ‘windmills’ it would be possible to produce electricity 24/7. Because of this ever present wind the efficiency will be drastically increased possibly making this the energy source of the future. The only difficulties with this plan is how to harness this power and how to bring it down to earth for use. Batteries are not a good solution because of the low energy density, price, weight and other factors.
A copper cable will have to be very strong and flexible, carbon nanotube wires are a possibility. These issues will have to be solved before this technology can be used.
It is a good plan to continu research on this topic because it is said that if we can harness one percent of the energy in the jet stream the demand for electricity of the whole world can be met. Also due to the altitude one will not be able to hear nor see the wind farms. The downside however is that it will not be commercially available in the next 10-20 years. Another thought is terrorism, the power of a nation will be easily accessible to anyone who can reach it.
Nuclear energy however does have some possible green competitors in the future.
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