Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I was today contacted by CNN about a feature they are planning on Floating Farms. (Whoops, when the person who e-mailed and talked to me mentioned doing research for Ali Velshi, I immediately thought, ah, CNN. Turns out he moved to Al Jazeera America.) I referred them to my Huffington Post articles on:
and the Blue Revolution Hawaii website. In particular, I cited a recent article written by Jesse Hirsh in Modern Farmer on Floating Farms. Hirsch spent a week in Hawaii researching this effort.
He begins with a gathering of visionary dreamers, board members of Blue Revolution Hawaii, and equates our proposed Pacific International Ocean Station (PIOS) with the $172 million film, Waterworld, but in a positive way.:
Quoted is Bill Spencer of Hawaii Ocean Technology (their fish cages to the left):
It’s a shame that we always seem to wait for a tipping point, for things to get truly awful, before people take action.
Well, we are doing what we can, and Bill is part of of our advisory group, to act now. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is the source of energy and resources to drive the Blue Revolution, and provided is a historic OTEC timeline:
Missing on that list is the success attained by the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii with a 210 kW open cycle OTEC facility (left).
Here and there various mini-projects appear to be stepping into the ocean:
I am quoted at the end of the article:
But despite some internal doubts, Blue Revolution’s meeting ends upbeat, with toasts to the ocean and general good cheer. Takahashi wraps things up with an emotional speech, saying this will be the legacy project of each man in the room. For theirs is an endeavor built of wonder, of pushing the bounds of mankind’s capabilities. In a hundred years, Takahashi says, people will be very thankful for the work they’ve done. “There is no future but the ocean around us,” he says, glass raised high.