No strange thought at all, the floater has an electrolysis system,BFalcon wrote: One thought (and it's a strange one, given normal thinking, but) given the huge amount of water, might hydrogen-based combustion turbines not be a reasonable idea for a power source ...
(there was some surplus power from the reactor ...) and all the
colony's surface watercraft (hydrofoils, fishing boats, etc.) use
hydrogen as fuel for their MHD turbines. Only the long range ex-
ploration submarines use nuclear power, mainly because it needs
less space than hydrogen and oxygen tanks for a closed cycle tur-
bine system would do.
Not really, Thalassa has no moon and is comparatively far from itsWith 100% water coverage, the tides are going to be a killer...
star (I promised myself long ago never again to attempt to calcula-
te tide tables for a setting ...), so there are only the weak solar ti-
des to deal with, and the planet's "shallows" (think big flooded is-
lands less than 200 m below the ocean surface) reduce the strength
of these tides somewhat.
There is not much trade, the characters will have to negotiate a fewThat would be one product that would be readily available too for trading, along (presumably) with food from the deeper water (anyone for a Kelpburger? Kelpfries with that? Kelpshake?).
good trade deals, or the bank loans will kill the colony project soon.
Right now there are rare earths from the seafloor mining and metals
from the phytomining (genetically engineered algae which accumulate
the metals from the sea water and are then processed) and some sea-
food. Hydrogen would perhaps be another product, but I leave that to
the characters to find out.