There has always been a quest for generating free, clean and green energy. Energy is a basic driving force for any country and its economy. Energy drives your homes, cars, industry and much more. However, currently, humanity relies heavily on fossil fuel energy – which is dirty, expensive and limited. In our race for renewable and clean energy, humans have made much progress, the most notable one being solar PV cells.
Solar PV cells. via sweetthangs
Photovoltaic cells, also known as solar panels, use the visible area of the solar spectrum to generate electricity and heat energy. It is a free, clean and green energy resource that is available in abundance in nature. What else could you possibly ask for, right? But, a fundamental and obvious disadvantage of solar PV cells is the time-constraint on its energy generation method. A lot of energy that is needed and used by humans is during the night time, the same time when PV cells stop generating electricity due to the absence of the glowing sun from the sky. Thus limiting the generation capability and hindering the future market growth especially for solar PV cells.
To solve this, one method is to store energy during the day time and use it later during the night-time. Scientists have been working on developing modern batteries, and we have come a long way from heavy acid batteries to compact lithium-ion batteries, but it is still not efficient enough to convert entire grids onto PV and batteries for good. Another solution is to find new energy resources that can generate electricity at night, or simply generate electricity 24 hours a day, with its existent forever in nature, clean and green. Neutrinos! Yes, that is your answer for future free energy. What are neutrinos? Neutrinos are sub-atomic particles with mass and energy that are always flowing from the universe towards the earth. These particles travel in the non-visible spectrum of light and thus they cannot be seen with naked human eyes.
Einstein theory of relativity. via BBC
In 2015, the Nobel Prize in Physics went to Japanese Takaaki Kajita and Canadian Arthur McDonald, for their discovery that neutrinos do have some mass. Previously, science agreed that neutrinos had no mass and therefore it would not be eligible for energy production, but this discovery in 2015 changed the perspective. Although it is very early to say that this form of energy is the future for humanity, there is hope as the US Department of Energy said, “neutrinos would be a much better source of energy than fossil fuels” and referred to the energy as “the energy source of the future“.
Dr. Kajita and Dr. McDonald Physics Nobel prize winner for 2015. via AIP and hawaii.edu
Solar PV cells are great; it uses the visible spectrum of sunlight to generate electricity. However, it is limited by the duration of sunshine. In contrast, neutrinos are constantly forever-flowing particles in the universe, free, abundant and forever - even at night-time, during rain or any weather condition. According to an estimate, every day we receive enough radiation on the surface of the earth to generate electricity and meet the world’s energy demand for the next 5,000 years.
How can you harness energy from neutrinos? For beginners, it is the kinetic energy from the neutrinos that is converted into electrical energy. When a neutrino hits a specially designed geometrical shape, it produces vibration in the target shape, which is later harvested into electrical energy. Layers of carbon and silicon are applied with precision and accuracy onto a metallic substrate in accordance with “real Da Vinci Code” (a patent awaiting geometrical shape designed to capture KE from neutrinos). When neutrinos hit these target objects, it generates a resonance frequency a.k.a. periodic excitation. The concept of “resonance” refers to the increase in vibration of a system when it experiences any impact from another system. Once the resonating frequency gets into motion and further periodic excitations occur, the overall frequency of the system can be increased to higher levels enough to transmit the resonance throughout the body. And when this frequency is transmitted over a controlled geometrical shape, then the periodic impact frequency of neutrinos can be translated into a resonating frequency on an electrical conductor. Thus generating electrical current, and laying the foundation for the potential large-scale future energy generation method.
Neutrinos colliding. via science friday
Neutrino Inc. is the first company to work on this technology and is determined to change the shape of future energy over the next few decades. Their teams are currently working on developing the first technical device on a scale where it recharges a smartphone and then moves onto an electric-car recharging module from neutrinos. If the teams can convert this promising idea into practical use, then this could lead to a potential change in the energy market throughout the world. Humans would have access to free, clean and green energy throughout the day and night. This will also result in the drop of fossil-fuel consumption which is immensely healthy for humans and the earth alike.