Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 19, 1973 · Page 10
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, June 19, 1973
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10 .-J5flL [fsbura Reglst^Mojl .,.6a |ejiburfl y ,lll. Tuesday, June 1 ,9, 1V/3 Professor Would Harness Wind To Power the Nation By TOM M>E AMHEftST, Mass. (NEA) <~ When artist Neil Welliver moved into a home near rtffal Lincolnvilte, Maine, he was told it would cost $10,000 to string electric power lilies 1 to the site. Refusing, Welliver devised an alternative. He purchased a generator for $800 and a windmill for $2,000 and has lived happily ever after — with Ma Nature providing all the lighting his family needs. ONE NONCONFORMIST does not a trend make, of course. But as America's fossil fuel crisis grows worse, and as the searcli for alternative energy sources intensifies, Welliver's eccentricity may become a fad or even a movement. Windpower, after all, is not just something of quaint Dutch antiquity — it has, according to some author- Sties, much in the way of modem potentiality. William Heronemus, professor of civil engineering at the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts, is the most enthusiastic authority on windpower today. Though he admits even his wife questions his theories at times, he is absolutely serious in advocating "the mighty wind" as one way man can 1 generate reliable, pollution free, almost limitless energy. AND INDEED, his thesis looks good, if confusing, on paper. Ho estimates "the total rate of conversion between available potential energy and kinetic energy in the atmosphere of the Northern Hemisphere" is 10 to the 14th kifawatt power. Which is a round-about way of saying there's a hell of a lot of wind going to waste. HerorieftlUs says the harnessing of this energy could be of enormous benefit for entire regions of the country. He believes the winds off the shores of New England, cr. illustration, is enough to generate all necessary power for the area through the year 2001. His proposal, reduced to layman terms, is this: erect windmills wherever energy is needed and windpower is sufficient. He says Middle America is blustery, so is the length of the land across the northern border, and also the offshore waters. He Says the generators could be floated on platforms, hung from suspension bridges, lined along roads like telephone poles, and planted in cornfields and back yards from Ypsilanti to Yahoo. The wind would drive the blades which would power turbine generators which Give a conversation piece as a wedding gift You'll be thanked over and over again when you give your favorite newlyweds a color telephone. It's thoughtful and surprisingly inexpensive. Call our business office and we can install the telephone even while they're on their honeymoon. INTRA STATE . TELEPHONE CO. J would give alternating current to a sea water electrolyzer station. Gaseous hydrogen — "an ideal, very clean fuel" — would be produced, then fed to a collection area for transmission to a dispersed electricity generating system. From there it would go out as electricity to a consuming world. INGENUOUS? Some say so much so that it won't work. The Atlantic Richfield oil company, commenting on the idea in a TV plug for fossil fuel, wonders bemusedly: "What happens when the wind dies down?" Others say the windmill system would be prohibitively cumbersome to erect for any large scale use. Herohemus himself winces a bit when he says at least 45,000 windmills would be needed to power New England alone, a prospeot that conjures up physical hazards as well as visual blight. Yet Heronemus insists the proposal is viable. Not ' itself, perhaps, but in coi a- ticn with other energy-producing that are being considered. He says "combination is the answer"; the nation can no longer afford to rely solely on one energy source solution (nuclear power plants). "We have to explore every possible energy idea." Such as: -THE OCEAN Thermal Difference Process, first demonstrated by a Frenchman in 1920, it has been called the greatest energy resource on earth. The process uses temperature differences between Bible School Held VIOLA — An average of 111 children attended Viola Comma nity Vacation Bible School June 4-3 at the Methodist and United Presbyterian churches. They presented a program June 8 depicting the lessons they had been taught during the week. ocean surfaces and ocean depths to create power. Heronemus says that 7,600 energy harnessing devices placed off the Florida snore could provide all U. S. energy for the next 25 years. —The conversion of plant life to fuel elements. Wood, for instance, says Heronemus, can be converted to alcohol or methylate, both valuable fuel resources. Corn fuel is also being worked on; Sorghum and other big grasses are potentially useful. Heronemus envisions a nation "growing fuel." Just the rotting wood in present forests, he says, is immensely valuable. —SOLAR ENERGY farming. The thermal energy of the sun is nearly 180,000 trillion watts. Finding ways to utilize the resource is perhaps the ultimate solution, says Heronemus. Already some houses in the nation are heated by heat- absorbing roof plates. The Skylab space.station is using solar cells. Heronemus envisions solar cells in housing shingles one day. But interesting though these ideas are, they have a common defect: They are - years away technically. Windpower, on the other hand, is not only possible now, It has been for centuries. Windmills Werft functioning in Europe in the 32th century. The gawky tripods were a major source of energy in the rural America of the 19th century. Many farmers and stuck-aways of the world still rely on this method of sucking waters from the earth. SO PROFESSOR Heronemus is pushing on. Using his own funds, encouraged by no one except a few like^thinking scientists, he is trying to con­ vince the nation it should reach Into the past for its future. Thus far he's not convincing ttiany. Except windmill owner Nell' Wekver In Maine, who may either be old fashioned or perhaps just a,bit before his time. SAVE LIKE A MILLIONAIRE ON AS LITTLE AS $100! 6.04% ACTUAL RETURN ON 2 YR. MATURITY C3/0/ CERTIFICATE J74 /© OF DEPOSIT Interest compounded quarterly. Automatically renewable. Fifst Galcsbunt National JankWtfiust / Established lW3V/Memb«tI ! J )a .G» WEISSER UNION OPTICAL CO. MEDICARE OPTICS & OPTICAL CO. 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