Is Cheap or Free Unlimited Clean Energy Possible?

By: | February 16th, 2017

National Ignition Lab Clean Energy

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One of the great conspiracy theories is “free energy suppression” in which technology capable of producing unlimited energy is being suppressed by fossil fuel energy interests. There are even advertisements for kits that supposedly allow anyone to build an off-grid energy system to power their home. Here is a typical post on the topic – “Unlimited Free Energy,” which promises unlimited free energy within a few years. The article is long on hype and references to Nikola Tesla, but short on links to scientific papers and peer-reviewed journals.

If Clean Energy Were Cheap and Plentiful

It is not a bad idea to sit back and imagine what the world would be like with a plentiful supply of cheap or free clean energy. Titles of articles such as “The Greatest Leap of Mankind” wouldn’t be far off the mark.

In an article, “If Energy Were Free and Unlimited” Green Economy’s David Gold lists the consequences of cheap or free energy sources:

  1. Travel at extremely low prices
  2. Significant improvement in the supply of fresh water on the planet
  3. Significantly fewer people in the world starving and thirsty
  4. A new age of economic prosperity as people and companies would spend or save money usually earmarked for heating, travel, cooling, etc.

IndustryTap recently printed a paper by Tom Tamarkin “Fusion Energy; Too Important To Fail – Too Big To Hoard” which suggests that worldwide energy production will need to increase 4 fold by 2050 to keep up with humanity’s demand for energy. This, according to Tamarkin, can only be achieved through the use of fusion energy.

In the following video the promise of a clean and nearly unlimited sustainable energy future is discussed as being possible through the use of Fusion.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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