What Is Zero-Point Energy?
Empty space (i.e. vacuum) is generally thought to be voids. However, quantum physicists have discovered that these spaces of nothing are not empty, but contain vibrating electromagnetic waves. These waves can further be trapped in between two metal plates held apart in a vacuum, and subsequently repel and retract the plates to create kinetic energy. This phenomenon is known as the Casimir effect and has been experimentally verified by various leading research institutions. Zero-point energy derives its name from the fact that it exists at the most basic state of the electromagnetic field after all matter and radiation has been removed, also known as the zero-point field.
At Energy Discovery Ventures, we intend to develop and commercialise the technology necessary for tapping this ground-breaking energy source.
Size Of The Prize
Successfully developing Zero-point energy could lead the way for an energy system based on an uninterrupted baseload generation source. The energy from moving plates can be deployed for several applications across the power, heat and transport sectors. With a technology completely independent of fuel input, whether renewable or fossil, the possibilities are vast. We aim to provide the innovative business and scientific processes required to capitalise on this energy source.
The scale and depth of the research needed for commercialisation should not be underestimated. We have an ambition that needs to be met with a systematic project plan for tackling this challenge head on, and we'll seek support from some of the most knowledgeable research scientists within applied science and quantum physics. Our approach is entrepreneurial in nature, but also takes into account following rigorous quality control and assurance processes with set milestones to be met before proceeding with any market and commercialisation strategies.
The benefits of Zero-point energy compared to traditional energy sources include:
• Uniterruptable and controllable energy supply – providing increased energy security and improved operational performance compared to intermittent renewables.
• Potentially no waste – reducing harmful effects on people and the planet.