Countries that have successfully incorporated weather-independent, non-fuel power production technology into their energy supply systems will make enormous strides in their economic and political development, leaving their energy competitors in the dust. Cheap electricity will significantly lower utility costs and encourage the conversion of residential and commercial buildings to electric heating, which will solve the issue of worn-out hot water and heating pipes and result in lower payments for resource company services, including the payment of centralized electricity bills.
The European energy crisis demonstrates the critical need for creative energy development based on pioneering and revolutionary technology. This is why scientists are so enthusiastic about the advancements in fusion technology, but it is a complex endeavor with a variety of scientific obstacles to overcome. The closest to implementation, in addition to existing energy technologies that do not involve burning fossil fuels, is Neutrinovoltaic technology, a development by Neutrino Energy Group. Researchers at the company have succeeded in creating a graphene-based nanomaterial that can convert the thermal Brownian motion of graphene atoms and the kinetic energy of the surrounding radiation fields into a direct electric current.
How do we gauge the state of the energy industry right now?
The energy sector can be divided into two groups: electricity generation itself and transport. Currently, the world is focusing on the development of solar and wind power generation and the transition to electric cars that are charged from centralised power supplies. This is far from an uncontroversial development path, which raises many questions, justified primarily by the dependence of solar/wind alternative energy sources on weather conditions. The share of solar and wind power in the total energy mix is justified from an economic point of view, at approx. 30%, further increasing the share requires special expensive measures for energy storage, which will inevitably have an impact on the end consumer’s tariff.
What other options are there?
Today we are witnessing a politically manipulated increased interest in the use of hydrogen. However, there is as yet no economically feasible way of producing hydrogen. There are discussions about producing “green” hydrogen by electrolysis, with suggestions that surplus electricity from solar and wind power could be used for electrolysis. But more and more areas of the world, especially in warmer climates, are becoming more and more water-stressed, so the question of water shortages naturally arises. For example, the whole south of Russia is experiencing a severe water shortage and the water supply to the flats in many towns and cities is on a timetable. Producing “green” hydrogen is going to be the most expensive method of generating energy in the future. Today, the majority of hydrogen is created from fossil fuels, specifically natural gas, which is then reformed as “grey” hydrogen (75%). This is done because CO2 is an undesired by-product, and the reduction of CO2 emissions is a priority in international politics.
Where is the logic behind the development of this mode of energy generation?
“Although hydrogen has experienced several waves of interest over the past 50 years, none of these has led to sustained growth in investment and wider deployment in energy systems. However, the recent focus on decarbonisation and scale-up and the accelerated growth of low-carbon technologies such as renewables has sparked a new wave of interest in the properties and expansion of the hydrogen supply chain,” writes Goldman Sachs in its review.
The rapid increase in global sales of electric vehicles will sooner or later lead to problems charging them. It’s hard to imagine tens of millions of electric cars being seamlessly and quickly charged from charging stations, which are completely inadequate when everyone is running late for somewhere these days. In such circumstances, setting aside even 20-30 minutes to charge an electric car is too much of a luxury. We can talk about a seamless and universal transition to electric cars only if self-charging electric cars are developed.
Therefore, when information about Neutrinovoltaic technology, which makes it possible to create fuel-free generators of “free” energy not only for the power supply system, but also for electric cars that will be independent of centralised power supply charging, appears in the press for the last three years, it arouses exceptional interest. The developer of the Neutrinovoltaic technology announces that the first commercial samples of the Neutrino Power Cubes, net-fuel-free generators with a capacity of 5-6 kW, made under license in Switzerland, will appear on the market at the end of 2023 or beginning of 2024.
The technical characteristics and dimensions of Neutrino Power Cubes allow them to be placed in residential and industrial premises, and the absence of rotating parts makes their operation simple and reliable. Furthermore, the technology’s developers are conducting research on adapting Neutrino Power Cubes for installation in already manufactured electric vehicles, as well as developing their own Pi electric vehicle in collaboration with the Indian company C-MET, the body of which will have energy collection points. This remarkable vehicle will generate its own energy by utilizing neutrinos and other non-visible radiations, making it the world’s first automobile that does not require recharging at a standard charging station, instead pulling what it requires to circulate eternally, whether driving or simply sitting motionless. Depending on the situation, just leaving the car outside for an hour can give it up to 100 kilometers of range. The mathematician Holger Thorsten Schubart, president of the Neutrino Energy Group, gave an interview in which he described the fundamental idea behind neutrinovoltaic technology.
Already today, insiders and analysts such as the Boston Consulting Group estimate that this technology has a potential of more than hundreds of billions of USD in the market over the next few years. The company is rapidly gaining momentum towards the market introduction of Neutrinovoltaic technology, which means that in a short time, autonomous, fuel-free Neutrino Power Cube generators will appear, which will lay the foundation for a distributed power supply system. The Neutrino Energy Group today considers Switzerland, India, Russia, South Africa, China and the UAE as its main strategic partners worldwide, where large-scale projects to develop the technology in the industrial sector are due to be launched in the near future. The rapid development of the Neutrino Energy Group’s development and its soon-to-be-introduced technology suggests that graphene-based nanomaterials, the basis for this technology, could become a virtually inexhaustible source of clean energy both to meet the growing energy supply needs of the planet’s population and to produce self-recharging electric vehicles. This framework could be viewed as the start of the energy sector’s transition away from the usage of combustible fuels.
Translation from Russian, original article can be found here: Трансформация энергетических технологий с использованием наноматериалов