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The quest for energy

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With the advent of the industrial revolution major changes were observed with regards to the uses of energy obliging our forefathers to think beyond the stove top and the flour mill to envision innovative solutions that could meet the ever growing needs of industries which were just beginning to implement the technological innovations that assured a dramatic improvement in terms of efficiency and productivity .

Thus while the textile mills were churning out garments by the millions and rail trains with steam locomotives were bringing the masses to destination in no time people with a sense of innovation had to devise the technology assuring the harnessing of energy for such uses.

Gradually with research and scientific breakthroughs technological improvements assured an ever greater efficiency of operation for devices which thus could minimise their requirements of energy while maximising the useful work accomplished ultimately paving the way for the technology we observe today which is a model of operational efficiency.

While we can rationally expect that advancements in the relevent scientific fields will consistently produce results which will ultimately assure that the future holds promise with regards to the availaibility of inexpensive energy , the reality remains that there seems to be no practical solution to envision in the foreseable future irrespective of the actual breakthroughs theoretically permitting civilisation to do away with our reliance on current sources of energy.

Actually if the current trend continues with regards to our consumption of fossil fuels (mostly once considering emerging economies representing most of the world population ) we risk within the coming decades to experience major shortages which will not only have a major impact in the relevent sectors dependant on fossil fuels as a source of energy but most importantly will have major adverse consequence on the availaibility of goods whose existence is consequential to the use of such fossil fuels in the fabrication process. Thus a host of articles whose inexpensiveness is the direct result of the existence of fossil fuels will in essence become unavailable at least in their current form . The large number of articles to mention also represent the mainstay of the consumer market namely clothing using synthetic fabrics , pharmaceuticals , household chemicals, paints, certain household materials without forgetting the host of typical consumer articles incorporating plastics. Other sectors are not less touched considering the use of fossil fuels in a host of processes leading towards the production of a host of products from PVC pipes and other articles incorporating plastics to urea based fertilisers...

In acknowledging the essentiality of fossil fuels to assure the plentiful and inexpensive availability of a host of products many of which are deemed as essential, it is apparent that with ever dwindling resources the global economy will inevitably face a major crisis which will not only oblige major investment in alternernatives (including the use of more scarce farmland for ethanol used in the synthesis of other compounds without mention of the obvious which is fuel ) to assure the availability of such products , but will also signal the end of the age of plenty with regards to the economical availaibility of consumer products whose previous inexpensiveness was taken for granted .Considering the consequences of an inflationairy spiral it seems apparent that the global economy risks experiencing a major crunch of untold proportions.

Despite what appears as a "fait accompli" with regards to the inevitable, the forwarded solutions appear to be much too restrained in terms of their inadequacy. Irrespective of our current reliance on fossil fuels as a source of energy, it is apparent that for all the adverse consequences there may be of further restricting our use of fossil fuels for such a purpose, the long term consequences have to be looked upon with greater concern since the global economy is more directly affected with a major shortage of such a resources than it will ever be closing down gas stations once switching to alternatives.

Furthermore with due consideration for future generations which will demand the host of products fossil fuels make possible, it is apparent that a long term outlook has to be taken into consideration.

Since we all cherish our state of material wealth which such affordeable and readily available goods make possible , it is apparent that with a dramatic decline in the availability of a resource so essential for the global economy the future holds an uncertain promise for the coming generations expecting to have the same access to the wealth of goods whose availability we currently take for granted. With due consideration for the consequences considering a global economy which also encompasses emerging nations that have not attained the state of material wealth we are accustomed to , it is apparent that our current inability to properly adress the problem risks leading to dire consequences ultimately restricting our ability to provide necessities which we currently take for granted thus signalling a decline not only in our state of material wealth but also a decline in our capacity to creat material wealth from raw resources whose exhaustion restricts our ability to provide the basic necessities for a growing world population in the future.

Possible solutions

Irrespective of what are known solutions , there are in existence alternatives which demonstrate by their simplicity and their efficiency of operation that despite the claims of the impossibility there is of creating high output devices with virtually unlimited autonomy, such devices theoretically could have been in existence since a number of decades, a typical example being hybrid devices incorporating a fuel cell and a dynamo (which rotates from the air exhaust pressure of the fuel cell) a short description of which is to be read in such works as the 1990 science supplement to encyclopedia Britannica titled "Science and the future" on pages 217-221. Considering the reality of hydrogen fuel cells anyone could come to the understanding that once using a high generative capacity electro-generator (such as the one described in the accompanying article) it is possible to basically have a hybrid apparatus run on water ....

In personally having conducted some grass roots research into the generation of electricity , I came to the conclusion that by creating an electro-generator which generates electricity by sequential activiation of immobile electro-magnets inducing current in a central conductive core it is possible to eliminate any potential material degradation which the elimination of movement assures. The device best functions with a lengthy decay sequence for the previously activated magnet once considering the currently activated magnet thus assuring fluid movement of the magnetic line of induction once sequentially activating the magnets . The following blueprint (attainable by the link) is an example of such a device.

simple blueprint

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Actually the device in question somewhat looks like a modified alternator (motor) without any moving parts, the¨"rotational" velocity determined by the sequential enactment of the electro-magnets which causes the field of attraction to "rotate" at a predetermined and safe velocity.

With due consideration for the number of solutions that have been uncovered since a number of decades, it appears clear that irrespective of what is stated we are not in the obligation to face an economic doomsday scenario resulting from the exhaustion of fossil fuels which themselves could be best used creating the wealth of inexpensive consumer products which we take for granted. Thus by assuring that current reserves of fossil fuels aren't exhausted in the immediate future we assure ourselves that future generations will be entitled to be provided with a wealth of inexpensive consumer articles which we currently enjoy thus also assuring that the global economy will not inevitably suffer in the near future from the exhaustion of fossil fuel reserves which considering current consumption from industrial nations and future consumption from emerging nations will happen within the coming decade if nothing is done.