You yourself and everything else in the entire universe consist of energy. Our problem is how to release this energy so that it serves our purposes, to convert the vast amount of “trapped” energy in nature (including the air) into energy that heats, cools, lights or can be used as a practical fuel for cars and other things. Nor do we want energy extraction and combustion to cause environmental damage or climate change, or to be dangerous.
It is of course impossible to convert the energy in, for example, a normal rock into energy we can use, but it is very easy to burn a piece of coal.
Nor is it easy or cheap to optimise the energy you can extract via wind farms, the sun’s rays or biofuels, the low-energy sources of the Middle Ages. That energy is very expensive and inefficient compared with, for example, oil, gas and coal.
One or more retransformations of energy sometimes yield very little energy, but can cost a lot of energy. Sometimes it even takes more energy to convert into another kind of energy than you actually generate. This is called low efficiency. Wind turbines and solar cells have low efficiency. Producing hydrogen via electrolysis costs, for example, USD 0.1 per kWh, twice as much as fossil energy.
Mankind’s greatest advances, a better life that lasts twice as long, enhanced democracy and social reforms, came when people understood that instead of using windmills, wood and the sun, they could extract energy that could easily be converted into fuel with a high energy content, fossil substances such as coal, oil and gas, a breakthrough that extended global free trade.
With access to cheap energy, people became richer, had more food and no longer had to shiver or sweat. People became healthier and started to live twice as long. They could exchange goods with others and travel around the world quickly and efficiently.
With the aid of fossil fuels, the world developed from a medieval society ravaged by misery and death, into our modern world that can look after and provide for more than seven billion people. There will soon be 40% more of us, ten billion people like us who will want and need housing, toilets, clothing, heating, cars, food and the opportunity to travel.
But, as everyone knows, experiences or feels, there are a number of negative aspects of fossil fuels and uranium. Supplies of fossil fuels will also decline rapidly. Wind farms, wood and sun will clearly not meet the world’s energy needs, as well as being very expensive.
In other words, we must quickly find, new, vast energy sources, especially in view of the fact that the world’s population will soon have increased by no less than 40% to ten billion, and the world’s supplies of easily accessible oil and gas have started to decline.
Why dig around and create enormous holes, destroying and poisoning nature to extract coal, natural gas and oil, when all the energy we need is in the air around us?
The only realistic, feasible and vast energy source that has been presented so far is HyMeAir’s project to build Nano Towers, Nano Towers that will make use of the air’s vast energy assets in the form of hydrogen and methane.