resident develops patent that could provide greener air
The vision of one Ripley County resident could mean a greener
and more efficient way to produce electricity for future generations.
Elvin Knollman first considered the concept of using compressed
air as electricity during a visit to the Black Hills in Colorado.
Compressed air is nothing new, said Knollman, but
a way for storing the compressed air had not been found.
Knollman developed a patent for the storage and transportation
of compressed air using a combination of air and river currents.
Using his experience in the petroleum industry, Knollman proposes
using an underground pipeline system to transport the compressed
air to underground storage facilities, such as natural limestone
According to Knollmans plan, the pipeline system will begin
in Washington State and stretch across the country. Wind turbine
farms will be strategically located along the route with paddle
wheels in the creeks and rivers to create pressure. This compressed
air will then be converted into electricity for the surrounding
While his proposal would eliminate certain jobs related to the
creation of electricity, it would also create jobs such as production
of the wind turbines, generators, and in the monitoring of the
The plan has been sent to the Department of Energy who is interested
in the concept, according to Knollman. Can you imagine what
could be done on a massive scale? he questioned.
The patent for this unique concept is pending. If the idea catches
on, the old technology would then be used in a new way in the