Zero Point Energy
Would Zero-Point Energy be a better source of power than
Zero-point energy, the kinetic energy of a particle in its lowest quantum
state, is a lousy source of energy. In fact, it's no source of energy at
all. Since the object is already in its lowest quantum state, it's
impossible to make it give up any of its energy. It would have no states of
lower energy available to it!
The only way would be to "open up" the particle's potential function, to
give it new states of lower potential energy. I don't know if anyone has
any ideas of how to do this; it might be possible, but I can't imagine how
it could be practical.
I can't imagine how antimatter could be practical, either. But perhaps
sometime in the future, a source of antimatter can be found, as well as a
means to contain it until it is used for generating energy. Certain;y, it's
well beyond current technical capabilities.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
No, although neither seem promising at present.
No. There would be no way to extract the zero point energy from a molecule
in order to use it.
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Update: June 2012