Our friendly neighbor China is working on developing a large-scale weather changing project or a system that would ensure a consistent rain supply for there people. This system is will be made from an array of solid fuel burning chamber that would produce silver iodide, which is actually a compound with a structure much like ice and can be used for cloud seeding efficiently.
Once fully developed the system would have the capacity to increase rainfall in the region by up to 10 billion cubic meters a year. Many small burning chambers are scheduled to be installed across the Tibetan Plateau in an attempt to increase rainfall in an area which is at least three times as bigger than Spain. This project would be the world’s biggest single weather changing project.
The entire system will depend upon on small low-tech chambers which burn solid fuel that produces silver iodide. The working mechanism is also simple you see as the wind will sweep up the mountain, the particles will be swept up into the air from where they would form rain clouds. This system has been developed by China’s Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
The burning chambers had to be designed very efficiently by space scientists who were to address a unique challenge of efficiently burning the high-density solid fuel in the oxygen-scarce environment at a high altitude.
The design of the chambers developed by the scientists is so efficient that it can continually burn for months without maintenance and emits only vapors and carbon dioxide, this allows them to be used even in extreme areas also.
The system was originally developed to be used as a weapon and was part of China’s defense program. China, the United States, and Russia are supposedly having weather changing technology to possibly hinder opposition in times of warfare.
This technology of the burning fuel chambers together with research carried out by the Chinese university in 2016 has led to ways to intercept Indian Monsoon rain clouds coming over the region. If the technology is successful it will increase the rainfall over the area by manifold.
China has reportedly used weather altering technology for various many times, most famously to keep the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics Games free from rainfall. In this case, rockets loaded with silver iodine were fired at clouds which made them rain much before they reached the stadium.
The system which is used in Tibet is quite simple and low tech but still very efficient. All the chambers installed in the Tibetan plateau are solar powered hence they do not need any external power supply to function. That makes it super eco-friendly too. Although it is intended to intercept the Indian rain clouds, this seems to be a bad and unfavorable move for the Indians as we rely heavily on monsoons for our agriculture.
However, the real impact of this system is yet to be seen completely. Let’s just hope that this technology will always be used for good and not for the malicious intents. Science should always be used for the betterment of human race.