November 7, 2005









Thermal Underwater Buoyancy Exchange







Gerald Barber

410 Hudson Road

Greenville, SC 29615

864 288-7521

864 640-0904 cell

                                             Patent pending

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Bullet points---


·        Very large diameter steel tube

·        Depth of tube often very deep

·        Collar is flotation device and houses multiple very large pumps

·        Tube above collar is water tank to control depth of tube

·        Very large volume of water flows down tube below collar

·        Propeller on side of collar controls direction tube faces

·        Propellers on sides of tube moves tube thru ocean

·        GPS on top of tube gives location information to computer on boat

·        Boat tied to tube holds fuel, diesel generator and controls

·        Pump head pressure a function of the difference in density of warm surface water and deep cooler water

·        Surface is cooled by the removal of surface water, but mainly by the upwelling created by the large volume of warm water percolating upward

·        Percolating warm water creates an upward current carrying with it additional large volumes of cooler water

·        Historically, the difference in an active hurricane season and a passive one has been only one or two degrees Fahrenheit of surface temperature

·        Many TUBES would be placed in areas thru which hurricanes pass before and during hurricane season to reduce temperature of large areas of surface water (Example:  The Gulf of Mexico)









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Thermal Underwater Buoyancy Exchange



Current Situation:  With the loss of more that 70,000 lives worldwide in the last century and an estimated 5.5 trillion dollars’ worth of at-risk property in the U.S. in 2005, hurricanes pose one of the greatest natural threats to human life and property today.


Since 1995 the Atlantic has been producing powerful hurricanes at a hyperactive pace, doubling that of the previous quarter century.  Why?  A recent study using the latest computer climate models shows warming of the tropical sea surface has, and will continue to, strengthen hurricanes.


A hurricane is essentially an engine that runs on heat.  The warmer the sea-surface (it must be at lease 80°F for a hurricane to start) the stronger a hurricane can become.


The difference between a major and minor hurricane season is a very small difference in sea-surface temperature, often less than one or two degrees.


Potential Solution: The Thermal Underwater Buoyancy Exchange

 (TUBE) is a marine water conversion apparatus that provides a method for reducing the sea-surface water temperature with the intention of altering or preventing hurricane development.


The (TUBE) will pump very large volumes of surface water to a predetermined ocean depth, often several hundred feet below the ocean surface thereby creating a lava lamp effect (large balloons) of warm water to rise to the surface, bringing with it large volumes of cooler water. The (TUBE) will be equipped with remotely controllable propulsion equipment and a global positioning system (GPS) allowing each unit to roam a predetermined area of the ocean.  


Strategic placement of many tubes in the potential path will reduce both size and intensity or possibility eliminates hurricanes.



Resources:  National Geographic, Forecast: 30 Years of Fury, NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division – Miami, Fl.                                                                                                                          Page 4 of 4