Kjell Gunnar Bleivik 10.26.2014 Staus: May be updated with additional information.
Norway has many fjords. Dramatic, sometimes snowcovered mountains and wild waterfalls plunge down and end in a green-blue fjord. There is more than thousand named fjords in Norway. The longest and deepest fjord is Sognefjord more than 200 km long. It is popular for cruise ships and it divides into four major fjords, each with its own soul and history. Geiranger fjord is probably the most famous Norwegian fjord, at least in international terms.
These fjords have a very special topography. The mouth of the bay is shallow, while there is a deep pool within. This means that unique species have evolved in the depth with no or little contact with life in other fjords and the ocean outside the fjord. Below the surface of the fjord's darkness, there is a hidden and fascinating, often unknown world of outstanding natural phenomena and ways of life - a universe of beautiful colors and shapes.
Per Robert Flood has written a book about this hidden and facinating life, Fjord, Livet i det skjulte univers. The book is a gift to both marine biologists and anyone else fascinated by the life under the surface of the Norwegian fjords.
Kjell Gunnar Bleivik 03.17.2011 Staus: May be updated with additional information.
Hundred percent of todays global energy consumption can be satisfied if we can tame one percent of the energy in the jet streams .
Sky Windpower is an American company that has as its mission to convert the power of high altitude winds into clean energy. These winds that you find from 6 to 8 km above the surface is stable and very strong. The winds in the jet streams can have a speed of more than 1000 km/hour, so there are tremendous forces in these streams. Based on earth cabled, flying windmills, the idea is to make windfarms of about 100 mills/ park. The company claims on its web site that this is the key to energy independence and arresting global warming.
Hydra Tidal is a Norwegian company that in mid August 2010 opened the MORILD II tidal power plant, the first of its kind in the world. The technology is rotor blades that drives the turbines that produces electricity.
Since entrepreneur Mr. Svein D. Henriksen founded Hydra Tidal in the town of Harstad, Norway in 2001, the design and technology of the MORILD tidal power plant has been re-engineered, developed and fine-tuned to meet any foreseeable challenge from the brutal forces of nature.To sum up, electricity can be produced by flying wind mills and sea mills. With the power in the currents of the sea there is no theoretical limit of how much energy that can be created vi sea mills. Space in both the sea and the air is limited and occupied by ships and planes. This restricts the area where the wind and sea plants can be placed.
Kjell Gunnar Bleivik 02.06.2010 Staus: Latest update 03.17.2011 May be updated with additional information.
"It has long been known that there is an enormous energy potential from earth heat. Now a new revolutionary drilling technique may make this a reality. Using electrical pulses to smash stone it is possible to drill 12 meter per day to one tenth of the price using the old technology."
According to professor Arild Rødland there has been a break through in geothermal drilling. Heat from the earth, 2 km below the surface, can give large quantities of energy. Earth heat can give 100 times more energy than waterpower, but then you have to drill deep and it has been expensive. In today's Norwegian news, Rødland said that there has been a break through in geothermal drilling. Using electrical pulses, it is possible to drill 12 meter per hour to a price only 10 percent of former technology.Related links
Kjell Gunnar Bleivik 10.26.2008 Staus: Will be updated with additional information.
"When freshwater meets saltwater, for example where a river flows into the sea, enormous quantities of energy are released."
Norwegian statkraft are building the first osmotic power plant in the world. When freshwater meets saltwater, for example where a river flows into the sea, enormous quantities of energy are released. Osmotic power plants can be constructed anywhere were freshwater flows into the sea if the salt concentration is sufficiently high.
Again salt is a key component like it is in solar power plants where melted salt is used to store solar energy that is produced in the day whene the sun shines, see the first video below. Einstien once said that imagination is more important than knowledge. So what is the potential in Sahara with desalted water to produce fresh water and salt? And if it is solved on the earth, space lifts could pump salt water to a geo stationary space station, and transported to the moon and mars. Then the California academy of sciences has the solution to build a good environment for human beings. It is too early to know the futue. At present, we fight about limited resources on a limited planet, while space and energy are for practical purposes unlimited out there.
Kjell Gunnar Bleivik 07.01.2008 Staus: Will be updated with additional information.
"Global investment in renewable energy surged 60 per cent to $148 billion (74.3 billion) last year."
Global investment in renewable energy surged 60 per cent to $148 billion (74.3 billion) last year and is still accelerating despite the slowdown in the wider economy, according to the United Nations. Renewable energy in "green gold rush" is the heading used on Times Online July 1, 2008.