Call for an Energy Solution Revolution

Brian O’Leary, Ph.D., copyright 2010,, World Energy Forum Newsletter, April 2010

“The resistance to a new idea increases as the square of its importance.”
-Bertrand Russell

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
-Sir Arthur C. Clarke

The world is at an energy crossroads. The alarming information coming out of the climate science community confirms the unprecedented danger faced by all of humanity and nature by mankind’s routine burning of hydrocarbons—oil, coal and natural gas. The resulting emissions of carbon dioxide and carcinogens into the Earth’s atmosphere spell almost certain doom for the environment as we know it. Human survivability itself is in question, especially against the backdrop of vast deforestation, marine habitat destruction, and accelerating species extinctions.

Existing energy systems have overwhelming limitations. Nuclear fission reactors create long-lived, high-level radioactive waste for which there is no safe storage or known remediation. The entire nuclear fuel cycle poses serious safety and security challenges. Large Tokamak “hot” nuclear fusion reactors have not yet proven to be feasible. Solar, wind, waves, tides, ocean-thermal, geothermal and hydropower can suffer from such problems as intermittency, site unsuitability, diffuseness, limited availability, and materials-, capital- and land-intensity. Biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel compete with agriculture for land and still inject significant carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

When full life-cycle environmental costs are considered, none of the above technologies meet the criteria of sustainability. By choosing any of them, we could only hope for incremental changes in our energy supply in the face of accelerating global demand. More importantly, these alternatives do not address the urgent need for clean, cheap, decentralized energy to mitigate global pollution and climate change.

On the other hand, many new energy technologies have already been proven in hundreds of demonstrations in laboratories scattered throughout the world. Any one of these approaches, if properly developed, could end our dangerous dependence on hydrocarbons and the destruction of the land. Despite the great need for these innovations, it is shocking to realize that their very existence has been routinely suppressed over the years, a suppression that is documented in great detail by scholars who have taken the time to investigate. Inventors have suffered funding cuts, threats, sabotage and even assassination ever since the time of Nicola Tesla more than a century ago.

These new energy technologies, which may or may not be recognized by mainstream science, include the following:

ADVANCED HYDROGEN AND WATER TECHNOLOGIES (1) catalytic water molecule manipulation and dissociation through cheap electrolysis, and (2) manipulation of hydrogen plasmas with catalysts to induce fractional quantum electronic states that yield large energy outputs;

COLD FUSION or non-radioactive low-temperature nuclear reactions by electrochemical means, induced in water and heavy water solutions catalyzed by (1) palladium cathodes, (2) sonocavitation and (3) other processes that can produce large amounts of thermal, radiation-free nuclear energy;

VACUUM ENERGY or zero-point energy, tapping the enormous quantum potential of every point in space-time, through the use of (1) super-motors with super-magnets (cf., the experiments of Michael Faraday in the 1830s), (2) solid state devices, (3) Tesla coils, and (4) charge clusters; and

THERMAL ENERGY from the environment.

To identify and develop the most appropriate new energy technologies, it is essential that we immediately begin the necessary R&D Apollo-style in secured laboratories, gathering teams of the best and brightest scientists and engineers in the field. All of us should become educated about the possibilities and collectively support these pioneers of innovation, because we desperately need new energy to convert civilization from a catastrophic path to one of survival and abundance.

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A longer version of this essay was first posted at the invitation of the World Innovation Foundation’s web magazine Scientific Discovery, January 2007 issue, and published as Chapter 13 of Dr. O’Leary’s book The Energy Solution Revolution, copyright 2008 and 2009.