The solution to the energy crisis is within our grasp and it is more amazing and wonderful than we could have ever imagined. 'Concentrated Solar Energy' uses simple mirrors to focus sunlight onto a single surface to superheat an oil like fluid which is pumped into a water chamber which powers a steam turbine. Because 'heat' is created, transferred, and consumed by the processes which change the molecular kinetic energy of matter, the heat that is captured and converted to mechanical energy through the CSE processes will result in a net reduction in our global temperature. CSE arrays installed over 1% of earth's deserts would yield enough energy to power the entire world at about 1/5 the cost of fossil fuel. A few large floating CSE arrays stationed over equatorial waters and a handful of obsolete oil tankers retrofitted with power towers and converted to mobile power plants could be systematically rotated and used to create and transport heat created energy to every coastal city in the world. The byproduct of installing CSE arrays over key areas of our oceans would be clean cool air, desalinized water, and possibly the improvement of oceanic ecosystems as well as the stabilization of tropical weather patterns.
The ecologic benefits of electric or hybrid cars can be much better appreciated once we no longer burn coal to create electricity. However, the most efficient engine design is not the one powered by steam, electricity, or combustion, but by compressed air. Internal combustion engines convert heat energy into mechanical energy by igniting gasoline, but it is the pressure of rapidly expanding air that moves the cylinders. Theoretically, an identical process can be created with compressed air in our existing engines. Best of all, the Law of Conservation of Energy which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed promises that the energy needed to compress the air is equal to the energy released by the colliding molecules of the pressurized air as they convert their molecular kinetic energy into heat through friction. This means, theoretically, that the process of compressing air is an energy free process. Byproduct: 1.) A facility that uses heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) technology to compress air can be virtually sustained by the heat energy released in the compression process which it then uses to compress more air. 2.) Vehicles using compressed air release pure breathable air that, when returned to normal atmospheric pressure, absorb a quantity of heat energy from the environment equal to what was borrowed from it at compression, resulting in a net reduction in our global temperature.
We live in an age of rapid technological advancement and have witnessed the decimation of some of the oldest and once virulent industries which could not adapt in time to survive the onslaught of competition posed by innovative leaders wielding the sword of emerging technologies. Yet, possibly the most antiquated and exploitative of all industries flourishes and remains virtually unchallenged in the one arena that should be the epicenter of technological revolution. The fossil fuel industry survives and thrives because the powers that be fail to recognize the fact that our understanding of the fundamental forces of physics is fairly comprehensive and that we are unlikely to receive any new gifts from this field on par with the discovery of electromagnetism and nuclear fission/fusion in the near future. Consequently, we must accept the fact that any solution to our energy crisis is destined to be the derivative of the technologies that already exist and is, therefore, already in our grasp. The most critical resources we are lacking is the vision to forsee a future where our greatest single source of energy is fully utilized, the imagination needed to implement the technological alternatives at our disposal in the most economical manner, and the courage to commit the necessary resources to the development of the most obvious and inevitable solution.