If you put a battery in a bowl of water bubbles start appearing at the
terminals. The water is being disassociated into its components Hydrogen
and Oxygen. This is called electrolysis. I asked myself what would I
observe if this was at the bottom of the ocean instead of on the kitchen
table? Perhaps the bubbles of gas would be different sizes and possibly
more gas would go into solution rather than express itself as bubbles.
But, and this is the crucial question: Would the same voltage and
current do the same amount of disassociation? The volumes under pressure
of course would be much smaller, but is the mass the same - or similar?
As at present I don't know the answer to this question I'm going to
speculate that the disassociation is not very pressure sensitive, and
that the same applies for the creation of gas molecules from oxygen and
If this is the case we can tap a practically infinite source of free
energy as follows:
Dangle a pipe from the surface of a suitably deep lake or ocean. At the
bottom place electrodes so that evolved gasses rise into the pipe. This
causes a rising current of water in the pipe. As the pipe nears the
surface the bubbles expand and more will come out of solution resulting
in a more boisterous effect. At the surface there will be a geyser of
water and gas. Reclaim the energy in the gasses to help power the
electrodes and insert a turbine to tap the energy of the rising column
of water to supply the losses and export the rest.