Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Creating extra ice in winter for extra cooling in summer

Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, is considering creating extra ice in winter.

A Mongolian engineering firm ECOS & EMI aims to drill bore holes into ice formed on the Tuul river in winter. The water will be discharged across the surface, where it will freeze. This process - effectively adding layers of ice rinks - will be repeated at regular intervals throughout the winter.

The idea is that this can help cool and water the city as the ice melts during the summer.

Source: Mongolia bids to keep city cool with 'ice shield' experiment - The Guardian, November 15, 2011.


Anonymous said...

Given the immense amount of geoengineering literature now available, I have yet to see a proposal for space based nuclear detonations as a means for solar radiation reduction. Roger Angels idea inevitably uses thick material - why wouldn't atomized aluminum from small nuclear explosions launched via ICBM type missiles be cheaper and more effective?

Unknown said...

Sounds like that would be pretty much undoable. I don't like the idea of conducting a global scale experiment which can't be reversed in timescales that are relevant to human beings.