While the countries of the world lunge forward in the race to be the best in every aspect, whether in education, transport, scientific research and even outer space research, the race to be the best in energy is probably the fiercest. This is especially evident in the United States of America where the current administration would go to any means necessary to get an economic edge in terms of energy even neglecting the cautionary statements of environmental scientist. I find that ironic, however, seeing that the cause of Global Warming on a basic level is the Earth having too much energy.
Climate change, is the result of the Earth retaining energy from the sun in the form of heat. The cause of that is due to buildup of greenhouse gases from our pursuit of energy production, but never the less, the sun is the main driver in all of this. But if the sun is the driver of all this excessive energy on Earth, why are we then so fixated on being the best producer of energy when we have the pinnacle of energy output that our civilization has ever seen, the sun itself. We have been using and relying on the energy from the sun for decades. In fact, this technology has been in use since the 3rd century with the use of water mills to use the power of flowing water to grind grain into flour. What powers this whole system? Believe it or not, it is nothing, but the sun. The sun moves the water via the water cycle and gives the water potential energy that is converted to potential energy when the water travels in its streams and rivers to get to the seas. Every hydroelectric dam ever built, uses the energy from the sun. The sun is essentially a nuclear reactor that we do not need to maintain, control or for the most part monitor and yet it will produce energy in a scale beyond our comprehension. So why then wouldn’t we invest into research to find more efficient ways of capturing the sun’s energy? Given that we are looking for a way of renewable energy that would reverse the effects of climate change, and racing to be the best in producing energy, the sun presents a clear-cut solution and yet we hesitate.
An inventive, but impractical method of doing this was presented as a theory known as the Dyson sphere. It details a system where we deploy an array of satellites orbiting the Sun, the purpose of which is to collect the raw energy of the Sun and convert it to usable energy for us. This model projects that the output will be monumentally higher than our current demand. This theory, while impractical, gets us thinking about drastically different ways of harnessing the sun’s energy.
Yes, we are pushing towards finding a renewable energy source via the means of wind farms and solar panels, we are so far behind of where we could be if we focus our effects on the most powerful energy source on our universe and how to harness its power. Only then would we be able to advance as a species, taking an evolutionary leap forward, but also solve our climate problem.