Innovator unveils energy islands plan

A leading architect will compete for Richard Branson's US$25 million Virgin Earth Prize with a bid to build archipelagos of artificial islands in the tropics producing electricity, clean water and even food, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.

The proposal would build floating platforms in the belt of warm water that passes from the Caribbean across to the south China Sea, the Indian Ocean and west Africa.

At each island’s centre would be a plant that converts heat from the tropical sea into electricity and drinking water. Below deck would be marine turbines to harness energy from underwater currents and around the edge floating devices to provide
wave power.

Branson is searching for an innovative idea that can cause a dramatic reverse in global warming and has given the world’s inventors until February 2010 to submit ideas, the report said.

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