User:Joep/Disposable land

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The machines that make plastic bags for potato chips, etc. can easily be adapted to create a long string of bags filled with air. When these strings are sealed together, you get a floating air bed in any size at extremely low cost ($0.009 / sqft, 400$/acre).

The bags would be made of polyethylen or polypropylene which is much stronger. The process is described here.

A similar idea is here: http://www.geocities.com/vacoyecology/Bubble_ponds_fluke_boats.html.

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Uses

As tubes

Growing algae

As land

Soil would make it expensive. If the bags are not completely filled with air, a couple of layers may damp small waves.

Solar collector

(See also Stirling engine)

Huge pump

Breakwater

Advantages

Price

Amtec has seal that costs about $5 / 100 m2, but we need twice that so it's about $100.000/km2, $400/acre, $0.009/sqft.

Breakwater

Acts as a breakwater, not sure how much this effect would be.

Proven technology

Disadvantages

Big waves

But easy to renew parts of the land.

Polutant

  • Polyethylene

Biodegrading takes centuries, but according to Wikipedia Daniel Burd, a 16 year old Canadian discovered in May 2008 that Sphingomonas, a type of bacteria, can degrade over 40% of the weight of plastic bags in less than three months. "The applicability of this finding is still a matter for the future."

  • Polypropylene can be recycled easily. Because it's one big plastic structure, it's probably easy to take it out the water, compress it and bring it to a recycling company.
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