Computation for energy-technologies

Hearing about this new wind technology made me think more generalised; it should be possible to break down all current ways of human engineering for sun, wind, water, coal, oil and nuclear into the basic dissipation patterns at play. From this “basic pool” both a wind turbine and a nuclear reactor each arise as a specific combination of basic-physics patterns, on top of which construction details are layered. I imagine a computation through all possible basic combinations and down into the (most promising) details. So for instance the “zero blade technology” could have been (in its functional raw design) a result of that computation when it was deep down in the simulation of combining wind-collecting in sails with hydraulic pumps and drag force.
The tighter the scoring of (likely) meaningful pathways in this computation is bound to causal reality, the less noise it will produce. In fact the scoring (choosing) is what has to evolve – early on it has to suggest actually existing technology, without ‘knowing’ (holding the information of patterns) about it prior to the computation-start.
But that approach can at most maximise the efficiency of exploiting current energy sources – the discovery and building for new ones is a hugely more important path.


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Benjamin Aaron Degenhart

Currently pursuing a Masters in Computational Science and Engineering at TU Munich.

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