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Key Facebook investor puts $300K into Canadian plan to make artificial tornados
National Post ^ | December 17, 2012

Posted on 12/17/2012 5:53:55 PM PST by Squawk 8888

Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel just gave Canadian inventor Louis Michaud $300,000 to make man-made tornadoes.

Michaud and his company, AVEtec, are building a prototype of its Atmospheric Vortex Engine to create tornadoes about 40 meters high that can produce energy from waste heat.

The energy would be free of carbon emissions, and would only cost 3 cents per kilowatt hour. As a reference, coal can cost anywhere from 4 to 5 cents per kwh.

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I'm skeptical but as long as it's private money and not my taxes paying for it I think it's a pretty cool idea.
1 posted on 12/17/2012 5:54:00 PM PST by Squawk 8888
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To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

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2 posted on 12/17/2012 5:54:42 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888

“Atmospheric Vortex Engine to create tornadoes about 40 meters high that can produce energy from waste heat”

What could possibly go wrong?


3 posted on 12/17/2012 5:56:47 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: Squawk 8888

Rove better run to the courthouse to assert his patent rights! ;)


4 posted on 12/17/2012 6:01:41 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Here comes bama claus here comes bama claus left down bama claus lane!)
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To: Squawk 8888

I think Canadian inventor Louis Michaud just got $300,000 for some bull____


5 posted on 12/17/2012 6:13:29 PM PST by Flightdeck (My four children have been robbed)
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To: Squawk 8888

In Toto crazy idea.


6 posted on 12/17/2012 6:29:31 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Squawk 8888
If people think windmills are loud, wait tillthey have vortex/hail cannons blasting away:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GteGbZeKsOI

7 posted on 12/17/2012 6:40:12 PM PST by fso301
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To: Squawk 8888

Don’t screw with Mother Nature.


8 posted on 12/17/2012 7:18:49 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Squawk 8888

Michaud and his company, AVEtec, are building a prototype of its Atmospheric Vortex Engine to create tornadoes about 40 meters high that can produce energy from waste heat.

The energy would be free of carbon emissions, and would only cost 3 cents per kilowatt hour. As a reference, coal can cost anywhere from 4 to 5 cents per kwh.
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the smarter thing to do would be to use a solar concentrator. These are typically pointed at some oil or salt fluid that is used to boil water. but I don’t think they produce electricity at 3 cents a kilowatt hour.


9 posted on 12/17/2012 7:26:45 PM PST by ckilmer
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To: Squawk 8888

PT Barnum was right, there’s a sucker born every minute.

Besides, this would thing would make more money at Six Flags versus a magical energy machine.


10 posted on 12/17/2012 7:31:38 PM PST by WildWeasel
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To: Squawk 8888

So, basically they think the vortex will just be a more efficient heat engine? Otherwise, what exactly is generating more energy from the waste heat than a regular heat engine?

The only way I see this generating power is if the waste heat simply provides the catalyst to create a vortex that could be sustained by drawing further energy from the atmosphere’s normal temperature differentials.


11 posted on 12/17/2012 7:59:26 PM PST by Boogieman
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That’s an interesting point- I’ll have to find out more about it. It could be a way to produce energy from temperature differentials that are lower than other means, making it practical to recover waste heat. AFAIK the Stirling engine can run on extremely low differentials but is not scalable in any practical sense.


12 posted on 12/17/2012 8:30:34 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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