Pakistan – a target reading audience
Premise of the book in context with climate change in Pakistan
With rapid population growth and urbanization, Pakistan is facing the worst air quality for many years. Air pollution and climate change result from same sources i.e., fossil fuel burning, industrial processes, transport and agriculture activities. Pakistan currently doesn’t have sufficient government taxes to build the infrastructure necessary to deal with the climate challenges.
Pakistan requires innovative strategies to create electricity from renewable sources such as Wind, hydro, and tidal power energy to avoid having to use deforestation for fuel in the Northern areas.
Because of Pakistan’s diverse geography, climate change causes faster glacial melting in the north, increases the frequency of droughts, and raises flood risks and salinity levels in Pakistan’s Indus River delta. This means Pakistan will have to address fundamental problems with its national water management. The solution is to create an innovative combined hydro and tidal power system on a grand scale that creates large scale kinetic energy production from turbines rotating from the water dropping into a large basin when water levels rise significantly.
A proposed process of diverting flood water to mitigate flooding of water by being retained as a reservoir to be used to avoid droughts during increased heat waves. The innovative design would not only avoid floods and droughts but also create renewable energy from combined hydropower and tidal power energy.
According to the Global Climate Risk Index, Pakistan is currently the fifth most climate-vulnerable country in the world, having lost nearly ten thousand lives and suffering economic losses worth 3.8 billion USD due to climate change throughout the years 1999 to 2018.
Pakistan – the perfect reading audience
When I first embarked on my journey to find a publisher who would give me a traditional publishing deal, a publisher told me – you have to find someone or some company who has a vested interest in the theme of your book to want to market it for you. The difficulty in being sci fi and wind energy was too narrow of an audience. But hold on, four years later I realised that the book’s focus is not really sci fi nor wind energy. It is not only climate change, but it is my own semi-autobiographical work experience which has influenced my imagination to create real life future renewable energy solutions for a better world to live in, which has a much wider audience reach and affects all of us universally.
Which country would benefit from my renewable energy ideas created in my story the most right now – Pakistan! Pakistan is the perfect country who could adopt my renewable energy ideas greatly, based on its suffering from severe floods, dense population in urban areas, and past focus on deforestation.
AIR POLLUTION AND IT’S LINK WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
The spread of viruses is made worse in environments with poor air quality. A reduction in oxygen levels, increased CO2 emissions and dense populations, can lead to breathing difficulties and lung diseases. During a pandemic such as the recent global Coronavirus crisis, people with already impacted health will find their health exacerbated due to the poor air quality in the areas where they live. They are especially at a high risk of further infection from such virulent viruses in locations where air quality is poor and populations are dense.
As a visionary leader I have been inspired by my own personal journey of gaining experience in infrastructure master planning, which made me want to write the book ReCo2gnition.
At the start of my career in construction whilst working on the redevelopment of the Gravesend Canal Basin as part of the Thames Gateway project in the UK in 2005, it was discovered that one of the locks was rediscovered under a disused car park. This gave me the idea that many disused brown field sites could be used as specific new canal basins or extensions to an existing canal basin purposefully built to help both flood defence and create renewable energy. Through channelling the rising sea level into the canal basin, and in the process create hydroelectric power from the tide flowing in from the Thames estuary and into the canal basin.
Whilst working on a tidal wave power project using water from the Thames estuary to power the athlete’s village for the London Olympics 2012, it occurred to me that hydropower would create much greater energy generation whilst also solving the problem of flood protection. This could be achieved by creating a large enough basin for rising seawater level to be channelled into a large enough basin, which is strategically located along the Thames Estuary.
What fascinates me is how the UK could take a leaf from the Dutch’s book and protect our flood plains by creating dikes – walls in strategically located coastal areas, that can create a barrier for flood protection to flood plain areas. Whilst in some cases other strategically located coastal areas where high risk of flooding is stemmed from, could let water fall into manmade basins to create a lake/reservoir for the water to spill into. So that the construction of micro or large hydropower electricity plants on a regional, national or as an international conglomerate can be made.
This would ultimately reduce the risk of increase flooding or drought in the future at the same time as generating large scale clean and more cost-effective renewable energy. Hydropower is the holy grail to help combat climate change.
What my protagonist Dr. Richards proposes in my story, is that sports stadiums everywhere undergo a refit to support wind generators and to maximize the airflow through those units. It makes a great deal of sense since most stadiums are only used periodically. If these places are refit, they will not only generate enough electricity to sustain them when in use. Then produce enough excess to feed the power grid, not to mention making a nice profit for the stadium owners. Richards’ proposal will require a substantial initial investment, but the long-term benefits could be staggering. It is no wonder that a company dedicated to producing nuclear power would try to find a way to stop it.
The following excerpt from my story shows an imaginative but at the same time potentially realistic factual science-based solution to help Pakistan combat against climate change, and become world leaders in pioneering renewable innovation.
Richards pierced his eyes at Cardus and announced, “If only you hadn’t orchestrated me getting assassinated in the first place to win the investment from the Sheikh for your nuclear investment! The world could have had a myriad of great alternative energy ideas to invest in the present and the future. Such as the ‘Cy-Drone!’ A mid-21st century renewable energy drone, which could be powered by Ion Energy created from wind power. Similarly used to power ships in 2040. Its design engineering could be inspired by ships using ion energy. Designed as an exclusive lightweight air-craft ship in the shape of a drone, to be powered by renewable ion energy.
It is driven by wind, across the oceans and seas of the world. The Cy- Drone’s main purpose would be to prevent the hot air circulating above the Earth’s oceans, due to increasing global warming temperatures and prevent increased wind speed created from this hot air circulating. Which would then form hurricanes and typhoons above the oceans.
Thus, prevent large wave surges which create tidal waves and flooding, due to rising rain fall released from the typhoon and hurricanes going back into the oceans. Besides creating tsunamis caused by dumping the rain, and causing landslides. Hurricanes and typhoons can also change the weight of the Earth in tectonically – stressed regions.
But this excess weight of rain fall will cause the tectonic fault to break and result in an earthquake to cause a tsunami. The giant drone carries out to two steps.”
“First step – ice cold air is blown from ventilators below the drone aircraft like a reverse vacuum, to cool the hot air circulating above specific targeted areas of ocean where it is deemed that a hurricanes and typhoons are most likely to occur.”
“Second step – to use the shape of the giant drone’s co-anda effect design, to create wind shear from what would have been a constant flow of wind. Initiated from the hot air circulating to create hurricanes and typhoons. The drone design would instead break up the constant wind flow and attach the constant wind flow across the surface of the drone instead.”
“Storing electricity created on board the aircraft from the collected wind power received. By using the Co-anda effect in the drone’s design. Then later transmitting the stored electricity to the world’s power grid networks, once back on land.” Turning a negative into a positive, and using a problem to create an innovative solution to produce renewable energy. Whilst at the same time combating climate change.