STUDIES: THE BIOLOGICAL PUMP: GAS ABSORBTION/SEQUESTERING SYSTEMS
Project Element/Array Descriptions:
SOLAR POWERED/MECHANICALLY INDUCED MAELSTROM/VORTEX ARRAY:
PUMP - DEEP SEA CO2 SEQUESTERING.
SOLAR POWERED GEYSER/FOUNTAIN ARRAY: CO2 /O2 “AERATION” SYSTEM.
CO2 sequestering and deep sea illumination for O2 production.O2 as Material:
An array of large-scale water-structures, solar-powered maelstrom/vortex
and geysers/fountains, as metaphorical and practical forms of the “biological
pump” of the Oceanic Carbon Cycle. At large scale, the geysers/fountains
above the sea, the maelstroms/vortecies descending deep beneath working in
relationship to each other to mix. absorb and sequester green-house gasses.
The role of illumination (solar powered or solar siphoned) is important both
for articulation of the structures and to potentially engage photosynthesis
as an additional element of the system (deep sea photosynthesis?). Timing,
scale, site, structure and phenomenological aspects of the system and relationship
between elements will all need critical consideration in its relationship to
the Turks and Caicos Island’s and Bahama Platform’s ecology.
There are profound moral issues with even these scenarios, overt or uncontained
sequestering can potentially change the acidity (ph) of the sea affecting
all its life.
STUDIES: INVERTED FACTORIES - CO2/O2 PRODUCTION/TRANSFORMATION
The ocean is the largest of the dynamic carbon reservoirs
on decadal to millennial time scales, and ocean processes
have regulated the uptake, storage, and release
of CO2 to the atmosphere over past glacial-interglacial cycles. Globally,
the ocean’s present-day net uptake of carbon is
approximately 2 PgC per year, accounting for the removal
from the atmosphere of about 30% of fossil fuel
emissions (IPCC, 2001a). Marine carbon storage is jointly modulated by ocean
and biogeochemistry. Physical processes, primarily the ventilation of surface
waters and mixing with intermediate and deep waters, have been largely responsible
for regulating the historical uptake and storage of this anthropogenic carbon.
Project Element Descriptions:
BI-LEVEL OXYGEN PRODUCTION - DEEP LEVEL ILLUMINATION/GREENOUSE-FACTORY. PHYTOPLANKTON
Photosynthesis tank/glass dance floor, surface level enrichment photosynthesis
tank and mirrored solar light collectors.
Solar light/energy channeled to cooler, nutrient-rich depths through fiber optics
- encourages phyto-
plankton growth and O2 production.
DEEP SEA CO2 SEQUESTERING/O2 TRANSFORMATION.
Dance/music platform with glass floor: CO2 gathering/pump station/electrical
production or CO2 to
O2 tranformation/electrolosis chamber and deep sea CO2 injection-sequestering "flues."
Potential Collaboration of Elements:
CO2 sequestering and deep sea illumination for O2 production.
Photosynthetic factories - oxygen production/nature sequesterization: Kew Garden
Modernist CO2 production and factory design: Bauhaus demonstration factory, Ford
production plant, Bauhaus demonstration factory detail.