I chanced upon something last night that I think should be of interest. I wrote in the opener..
As said, If this theory of AE (atmospheric electricity) is true then capacitance would be crucial to such a system because the primary source, nature, would unlikely to be a constant just as demand would never be constant which means batteries and the more the merrier.
Arron discusses on one of his talk shows (I’m afraid I can’t remember which) Battery park, just a couple of hundred meters south of where those twin electrical masts...sorry, I mean office blocks used to stand until they were knocked down by a couple of planes in 2001.
Officially, Battery park is so named after a ‘defensive battery of artillery’. Naturally, Arron thinks this little piece of history to be ‘bollocks’ and actually this area of reclaimed land provides cover to subterranean batteries of the kind that store static electricity which has been a known technology since 1745 in the form of ‘Leyden jars’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyden_jar
Considering this speculation I spent a little time attempting to find something that might possibly add a bit of credibility to the thought that innocuous buildings would have to be constructed or major excavation work carried out in order to conceal this capacitance and pretty quickly found ‘Tottenham substation’ by tracing overhead cables back from rural areas to north London.
Anyone heard of 33
Thomas street NYC? I hadn’t, yet from the appearance of this somewhat forbidding looking structure located at this address you’d think it’d be reasonably well known. Formally the ‘AT&T building’ but now apparently, at least part occupied by the NSA..
More info’ on the structure can be found here..
From a cursory ‘images’ search I found this short article.. https://theintercept.com/2016/11/19/nsa ... os-inside/
which I think is worth a read.
So, a Mr. Stanley Greenberg sets out to gather a few pics for a book entitled ‘Invisible New York’
and was privileged enough to be granted access to ‘Two or three floors’ of ‘Longlines’ (the buildings nick name). Odd that the pictures weren’t published because I find this particular one to be very interesting..
Due to the fact that there are no windows, I think it’s safe to say, that as with ‘Tottenham substation’ 33 Thomas street is not primarily designed as a place for work but rather as a very large storage facility, that just so happens to have (from the wiki link) unusually strong floors (I suppose because ‘telephone switching gear’ is real weighty stuff).
Remember, the grid doesn’t have any capacitance to speak of because it doesn’t need any. Supply and demand are all worked out at the power stations themselves, burning more / less coal or fissioning more / less Plutonium (or whatever) to raise / lower the pressure of steam to keep their turbines spinning at a constant rate, perfectly matching the electromagnetic load at any given time.
By the way, a few months ago I made good on my own promise to visit Drax power station. I didn’t write up about the trip because it just wasn’t particularly interesting and there was really nothing that struck me as glaring evidence that it was all just a smoldering prop and not producing anything of actual use.
For sure, we were tightly herded...no going off the beaten track. We were supplied with ear protection for the turbine hall but really non was needed.
Unlike the BBC doc that claimed ‘a fine coating of coal dust everywhere’ the place was clean as a whistle (though pretty dilapidated).
I suppose the strangest thing (that everyone in our small tour group picked up on) was the near total absence of personnel. I think I counted no more than ten, the majority of which seemed to be sub contractors of one sort or another, just sitting around or performing some non-essential looking task. Our guide said that total staff numbered about 1,000 full time with a further 500 dedicated ‘subbies’. Dunno, maybe everyone was just having a day off from supplying 7% of the nations electricity requirements that particular day.