Underground snake with scales made of bionic ceramics will suck dangerous heat from supervolcanoes.| Designing geothermal plants

to Caroline


We continue to explore possibilities for humanity to prevent colossal eruption of supervolcanoes; and one of the ways to pacify and quiet down the wrath of underground power is to turn it into creative force powering geothermal plants.

Our objective today is to build machinery to go down deep inside volcanic magma chambers and be capable of withstanding the hell of corrosive power of the place. The only way of getting us, humanity, prepared to defeat the monstrous violent power of supervolcanoes is to actually build the machinery that is up to the job.

This time we see how to do well in two important things.

First we let a snake down deep inside and see to that it not be damaged by hot temperatures and highly chemically reactive gases. So we need this piece of machinery, viz. a snake, to be cared of, be outfitted with scales.

And we need the scales to be bionically-powered ones meaning they are composed of materials nature generate in living things such as shellfish. The way the structure of teeth is organized also gives an insight into what the stuff to come might be like.

The second thing we pursue in this work is the ability of the snake to be designed and build to re-generate its scale in real time as severe conditions get it to lose scales while at work.

These two tasks lead to turning to bioengineering. We aim to explore and find ways to make gene expression, the process powering every living thing, to produce the proteins that can be further used in forming a bionic material of scales, bioceramics. During this stage the objective is to find genes that are responsible for producing this kind of proteins, most fit to act as a glue to fasten together calcium, silicate or whatever will be found best to serve the purpose.

If the research just outlined bear fruit we’ll get bionic scale strong, tough and tolerant to heat enough to be put on the snake to go to the thick of a volcano and work there.

The kind of this snake-like model can well prove versatile; and the research has to be carried out with the view to this.

Research probe-the-snake for scientists studying volcanoes

We may well find the snake to be suitable for different tasks involving work in a dangerous highly reactive environment. One of them is a research probe that scientists studying volcanoes can let into the magma, staying themselves away from most dangerous places. A probe-the-snake can reach to places where humans haven’t and can’t  and know little.

We are going to deploy our forces, turn on our collective mental power and come up with technologies to put finally together this kind of equipment.

This probe is in desperate need by volcanologists who have to operate in the remotest and most dangerous corners of the globe to get the whole of humanity advanced in our understanding of the power of the Earth we all share as a home. They need this kind of scientific researching piece in order to explore the very mechanisms capable to trigger eruptions and powerful enough to turn our home into hell.

Today we need to uphold efforts of these genuine heroes of science – there isn’t other word to emphasize the significance and danger of their work – and get the device with desirable qualities designed.

The snake able to go into the thick of volcanoes and explore it is a challenge for both those working in robotics and bioengineering. The resultant snake has to be able to reproduce its scales in a genetically supported way, through gene expression mechanisms, which is going to make it a truly bionic one.

"I am most certainly no expert in any way, shape or form involving volcanoes."

Saving the world from the menace of supervolcanoes is not only about being overly smart and an expert. It’s not even a matter of finding ways to make a supervolcano pay – to make money on geothermal energy which is going to be among our objectives as we look for efficient solutions – it is about a much bigger thing. It is about putting everyone’s efforts together with everyone who likes being able to chip in his ideas or tips and feel involved in doing something which saves lives and the world.

 As it was the case this time, when I was asked what my plan was to quiet down supervolcanos - and the guy who asked it after his having read my piece helped a lot keeping the discussion going and even more. I want to thank him and cite his words as they show so well that everyone can contribute and give an idea:

I am most certainly no expert in any way, shape or form involving volcanoes. My interest arose since I know that geo-thermal heat pumps use the earths natural temperature to operate. Having said that my thoughts wondered into that realm of heat exchange perhaps using a ceramic or some high heat resistant substance to pump a liquid through, to heat and use that heat to generate power.

Proximity to the volcano for the user I think would be irrelevant since power is transferred all over the place. They use side drilling in oil, gas and water so the 'plant' I wouldn't think would have to be right next to the volcano either. From what I understand volcanoes don't move so seems like a pretty stationary source to build off of. Tom Neal


These words must encourage everyone as they are a good example of contribution that stimulate discussion, thought-generating and collaboration between experts and enthusiasts. And so must these:

Drilling into actively volcanic locations may bring more to the surface than steam! Wordavee1

After my reading that remark about possible applying ceramics and on giving it a thought I’ve done small research on ceramics and here's what I found.

There are fresh advances in making ceramics stronger tougher and more durable by combining calcium-silicates with inserted layers of 2D hBN (read about pioneering work of R. Shahsavari: "Intercalated Hexagonal Boron Nitride/Silicates as Bi-layer Multifunctional Ceramics").

This ceramics is a pretty much likly candidate for our work to start with. But this one is not bio-inspired and genetically powered yet.

As our goal at ReptileCoin community is to seek to saturate our world with bio-inspired technologies – that are going to get along well with nature – the only thing about ceramics I could think of is bio-inspiring ceramics. So has come this research design aiming to give scientists means to conduct volcanological research and further the means to drill volcanoes and bring geothermal energy closer to reality.

We need to be more thankful to those who has courage to say we don’t know much about actual mechanisms deep down underground. And we also have to learn more from those who are today’s enthusiasts but tomorrow may own their thermal plant of their own and who can repeat the words "I am most certainly no expert in any way, shape or form involving volcanoes" - while offering their voluntary help.

They are too volatile unpredictable and bloody hot to tap. Also their location may be far away from the places which need power for obvious reasons. However, look up geothermal energy. Wordavee1

A thoughtfull remark to make! And the answer isn't simple to this one. I'm thinking in terms of building plants producing Space Cars on a mass scale. And they will need a source of energy. Overall, there's a great need of putting together a conference on supervolcanoes to be held regularly to find the answers.

Whatever our voluntary helpers offer – spurring the discussion by questioning what we’ve already known, making parliaments vote the scientists amounts of money for their research, or asking questions a future owner of a geothermal plant would naturally ask:

Is there research going on to figure out a way to harness this incredible heat source and generate power? Tom Neal

– you are most welcome!

Join our community and take part! Don’t be too shy to say that you are not an expert!

Remember, I said saving the world is about something different than just being smart or an expert? It’s true. It’s vacation.

As we seek to set volcano exploitation in motion we seek to set in motion dialog between experts in different fields with the view to their collaboration: volcanologists, robomakers  and bioengineers and many others. World conference on supervolcanoes we seek to hold regularly has to become one of our next steps that will help our dialog bring fruit and come to practical steps to address the menace of these troublemakers to life on the Earth.

We all face the risk of losing our home buried under loads of ash from an exploding supervolcanoes. Let everyone asks  themselves what it is that is in place to serve as  protection of their homes there is.  Is there any? Our approuch of having discussion and research&development going on along with one another will help to save the world only if there is public awareness around about our increasing ability to withstand the evil.

The courage of Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist who goes to most dangerous places to see the heart of the Earth beating, gives so much inspiration and makes us all want a research probe-the-snake to come true! Getting to know about her work gave me first insights into what features future tools to study volcanoes would need.

We also need to keep our dialog in as simple and clear language as possible to ensure everyone can understand and even more: everyone can contribute and be able to become a voluntary helper whatever his education or background is.

In order to conduct gene expression related research we will likely resort to harnessing  the power of quantum computing. And this research design is dedicated to Caroline who builds quantum computers.

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