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SUBJECT: Climate CoLab Judging Results
Proposal: Saving water with Ping-Pong balls.
Contest: Energy-Water Nexus
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Nice idea, but others have already developed the idea (see http://www.enquip.com/BirdBalls.html and http://www.awtti.com/evaporation_control_floating_cover.php). This proposal needs be flushed out significantly; there are several missing discussions that should be included in a proposal of this nature. Political/policy challenges are not discussed; neither are the potential environmental impacts of placing silver ping pong balls in a pond or reservoir. The concept and reasoning is intelligible, but the implementation and any sense of the costs or benefits of experiments of this nature are ignored. It is recommended that some quantitative analysis of the scale of the evaporation problem is developed. What I need to see if a quantitative analysis of the scale of the evaporation problem. the potential capacity of the ping-pong system to mitigate it, the costs, the environmental impacts (e.g. on aquatic life), etc. Evaporation is a very localized problem and it is relevant in large reservoirs in dry areas, but many of these reservoirs are also used for other purposes (recreation, fishing, etc).
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