2001 Dr Z, told me the turbulent flow of H gas did Global Warming.
1 H2+TU->He+E2 E2=energy equivalent of 1 H atom. 1018W of heat
I told him this cured Global Warming, and my PhD into the climate got ended. 2MMMW of heat from 1 H atom. We make H by electrolysis. The UK was 44GW of power. 1012W. 1 atom of H every 1.5 seconds. That takes 10-12W.
Clever guy – double 1st from Columbia – totally shaken when he realised he had cured Global Warming: the major external funder of science higher education.
'It was just an idea' he protested. In the words of Albert Eistein 'Ideas are more important than knowledge'
When I was last in Sheffield 2016, I saw him. And talked with him about Molecular Nuclear Fusion. The turbulent flow of water turns some of the water int oHe amd O: hid ideas on Nuclear Fusion!
'No. no,no' he protested 'it can't be that easy' Thanks to him, yes it is! 'How do we get at the energy anyway?' he objected.
Every 3 minutes around the world there is a lightening strike. That produces 5 tonnes of helium, set up by heavy rain or snow doing Molecular Nuclear Fusion. As in 2.
A lightening strike is a 1.5km by 2cm steam plasma.
There is no chemical source of visible light, or X-rays. So every lightening bolt releases 8.6MW/m from a 2cm steam plasma.
In a glass tube the plasma smashes all matter int olight, heat and X-rays. So z 50x1cm steam plasma makes 2.4MW, of carbon neutral heat.
We blast air over this tube, and into a thermoelectric generator. That produces 288kW of mains power. We use 8, and the national grid pays us 1.2 million for the rest – carbon 0 heat.
So Dr Z saved life on Earth – with a little help from me. He never gave me the PhD I was due though.