Letter to entrepreneur : Thomas Heatherwick
I was very impressed with Thomas Heatherwick’s TED Talk, especially his power plant design. So I just had to suggest that maybe that design would benefit from the addition of controlled environment agriculture.
Subject: Building the Seed Cathedral Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 12:59:00 -0700 From: Charles Petras <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com I'd just watched your TED talk and was most impressed. In regards to the Power Station project, one additional aspect of any future design should make allowances to support Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). Since one of the natural by-products of thermal power generation (as is the consumption of that power, e.g., data centers) is waste heat, which is a free (as in sunk cost) resource waiting to be tapped. Unfortunately no one seems very interested in harnessing this resource and putting it to other uses. Recently Discovery news featured an interesting application of CEA that would dovetail beautifully with your power station design. Specifically crop production in modular units. A design similar to that could be embedded in the earthworks surrounding your station to give even greater land use efficiencies. Best regards, Chuck