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Hydroelectricity: A Modern Approach – 14th Entry into the Wild Energy Challenge – Please Cast Your Vote

Submitted by on February 2, 2011 – 11:37 pm

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Hydroelectricity: A Modern Approach – by Rahul Krishnani

The disadvantages of building dams, for hydroelectricity, have been well documented. Problems include disturbances of habitat, breeding, and general aquatic niches. As an example, one recent paper identifies the problem of population sinks due to uneven distribution of old and young populations of Galaxias maculatus. While it is impossible to recapture the dynamics of a natural ecosystem, efforts can be made to restore some degree of flexibility. This idea uses the geometric self-assembly property of soluble nanostructures to coat “lost” eggs of Galaxias maculatus, which can then be
graphically monitored and manually moved to places of population sinks.
Advances in nanomedicine have allowed nanoparticles to target specific molecules: here nanoparticles will target the peptides of egg shells. As soon as contact has been established, the nanoparticles will self-assemble as a coat around the egg shell, thereby allowing identification of groups of “lost” eggs. The coated eggs can then be manually moved and segregated to populations of uneven distribution.
A cybernetic monitoring system would be essential to the success of this idea as well as an efficient way to equalize populations. One might see this as playing “God,” as it will be possible to distribute populations in real-time, by monitoring the signals from nanocoated eggs. This system will allow the micromanagement of at least one organism, native to the streams of New Zealand.

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