Does your soul yearn for the open seas and freedom? Do you yearn to be free of the consumer culture and be a part of a creative, artistic, recycle & constructive culture? Waterville was conceived as a floating sanctuary for those wishing to be free of the competitive economic system that divide & pit people against each others. Waterville was also conceived as a solution to the rising homeless trend. This floating community will serve as a hub to rescue homeless people and give people a chance to rebuild their lives as a community. Those rescued will in turn pay it forward by helping the community expand its support capability, to rescue even more homeless people. These videos below best represent this vision.
For many, they struggle to save enough to afford a piece of land. The Ocean on the other hand, is vast and freely available to any who have the courage to make use of it. So if the Ocean calls to your heart and you desire to help homeless people, let's collaborate!
Hi there! While the idea of building large floating homesteads or villages on the water is definitely an interesting one, your idea seems kind of vague.
Do you have a specific location in mind? Ideas for what you definitely want your village to include, or definitely exclude? You're more likely to find interested folks if you include more details about your plans.
Good luck! Your goals are certainly commendable, and I hope you find some success
One iteration might include methods to mechanically oxygenate the ocean up-current of dead zones
The book "Drawdown" (edited by Paul Hawken) has a section about introducing frames to hold kelp which act as natural oxigenators and proposes using the technology (which is being only tested at this point) to both remediate dead zones, but also harvest the kelp for biofuel or soil building, thus moving the carbon out of the ocean and back onto land. That people are using mono-culture corn for making biofuels seems totally counter-productive when there are much better feedstocks that would stack functions.
Another example is using artificial wetlands with cattails to clean water runoff while growing biofuel biomass. (See "Alcohol can be a Gas" by David Blume). As an ex-Ontarioan to a current one, I'd be more than happy if you could educate people around Lake Erie to work on these sort of relatively cheap solutions to Lake Erie's problems. I feel so sad for poor abused Lake Erie that's been struggling since I was a teenager when I saw a joke about Nixon -"President Nixon, if you're going to make one thing absolutely clear, could it be the water on your side of Lake Erie?" That was 50 years ago - let's get on with it!
Using the by-product of the fuel cell reaction is dicey if the anodes and cathodes aren't the expensive platinum-group ones that won't form new substances in the water as the current passes through them and the water. Also, the concentrated brines formed when water is split are no better for the environment than those produced by desalination plants.
There are much better and safer ways to generate drinking water. In the initial stages, there are easier and more direct ways to generate and store energy than hydrogen, which usually needs to be compressed, unless storage is in a giant bladder, in which case the gas is extremely flammable.
Personally, if we're talking about untested technology, I would rather go a more grounded route. Perhaps we could strain plastic refuse from the oceans and incinerate them at high temperatures to generate our energy, such that the only by-products of combustion would be carbon dioxide and water vapour. That exhaust could then be used in a greenhouse, on-island, to improve growing conditions of non-food plants, potentially accelerating the expansion of the mangrove and salt marsh barriers.
Stacking functions is lovely, but if we get too enthusiastic about it, unintended consequences start piling up.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
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