Energy is the prime source of sustenance for us human beings. Be it using a cell phone or taking a rocket to the outer reaches of the earth’s gravity, we need energy for everything. The rapid expansion of civilisation has left a considerable impact on the energy generating systems such that we are now forced to look at more efficient methods to generate and conserve energy.
But if were to look back a bit in the past, there was one man who we have to thank for, namely Sir. Nikola Tesla. He was probably a man ahead of his time, downtrodden constantly by capitalists who wanted nothing more than to expand their wealth. Sir Tesla was responsible for countless inventions, the AC Current Model that we use today, X-ray, Radio waves, just to name a few. But his work on energy is something that the current world still actively uses.
Fast forward a few years, now energy transmission and generation sounds like a common thing that a high scholar could understand but in his time, it was quite literally witchcraft. Sadly, though Sir Tesla met with a rather tragic fate, counting for the end of his days penniless in his apartment.
Energy has always been at a constant crisis. Our requirements for energy are never-ending but yet we aren’t producing enough of it even though we have the source and the means. That’s because the conventional means to generate energy has hit a certain cap where we need to use more to gain more and it’s really not at all efficient.
The have been explorations into alternative, more efficient modes to produce energy for quite a while now but we are only limited by the technology of our time. With that said, let’s look at a few alternatives to conventional energy sources.
- Antimatter: You’ve probably heard of this but antimatter is a potential candidate for one of the most efficient sources of long term energy generation. An antimatter is in essence is matter with the opposite electrical charge to a matter. A small amount of antimatter equal to a few grams could potentially power a city for hundreds of years. Trouble is that Antimatter is notoriously difficult to produce and it cannot be allowed to come in contact with matter or it’ll explode in a violent reaction. For scale, a gram of antimatter could produce an explosion equal to detonating a nuclear bomb.
- Solar Energy: Solar energy is probably the most abundant energy in all of earth and although it is being used in a large scale, but the efficiency for the present solar systems are very low.
- Geothermal Energy: Like solar energy, geothermal energy is also a potential candidate for long term efficient energy generation. Geothermal energy can actually be easier to harness in large quantities than solar energy. The earth underneath is a hot super-heated purgatory. But it has a few hotspots on the crust that hold potential for long term energy generation. The limiting factor is that we don’t yet possess the means to tap into this heat and use it to produce energy on a large scale.
All the above are potential candidates to sustain the human race when it has finally finished exploiting the more easily accessible modes of energy now. But without a shred of doubt, our resources continue to deplete at an alarming rate. So what can we do at the present to at least make them last a bit longer?
Our technological breakthroughs have enabled us to produce more efficient tools that do more per watt. Very accurate energy monitoring systems have enabled us to detect leaks in the flow of our energy and conserve it. There has been a rise in the demand for bio energy in recent times with countries like Denmark hailing at the peak of it.
But, in the end, it’s up to us humans to be the orchestrator for a better society or the destructor for our precious globe. Energy is the most precious resource, use it with care.