what is the most likely energy source that going to replace oil that can be easily mass produce or easy to get ?
- 3 years ago
It is interesting that you asked about an energy source and received answers for "fuels" All energy that we use is ultimately sourced from the sun except some geothermal, tidal, and nuclear energy. Oil is an organic based fuel that is essentially energy from the sun stored for millions of years and concentrated in a chemical form. When we use that energy we also release the chemicals back into the environment and that is part of our problem with oil.
All of these energy sources can be turned into electricity. We are already mass producing electricity and it is easy to get.
Electric cars are 3 to 5x more efficient than combustion engines. A battery electric car is 2 to 3 times more efficient than a fuel cell electric car. We could have electric cars today if we used transmission and electrified roadways instead of using combustion engines or battery electric cars. The technology exists (streetcars for example)
So we are not talking about so much of what is possible technologically but what is likely with today's social structure. People tend to want to keep doing what they have been doing. Will we learn to do something different or will we try to keep fueling cars? There will probably be some period of transition. Perhaps big money and large corporations will make decisions for us based upon their bottom line. Or perhaps there will be a rising current to do what simply works better.
- FredLv 73 years ago
Some car manufacturers are developing hydrogen fuel cell electric cars which unlike battery cars can be refuelled at service stations just like how we buy petrol (gas for you Americans) at the moment. These cars can be built with more acceleration than most petrol engines and hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. They already have some of these cars which they are testing and as they become more common hydrogen fuel will be easier to buy. It is claimed to be safer than petrol as in an accident it just floats away whereas petrol spills all over the road and burns everything. They believe new technologies in Hydrogen production will make hydrogen no more expensive than petrol and the best thing of all is they do not make pollutants. All you get out of the fuel cell is water vapour.
- Uncle PennybagsLv 73 years ago
I think it will be thin film solar for power in the day time and natural gas power plants for power at night.
Solar keeps on being developed. Eventually thin film solar will be cost effective and improved enough that you can just unroll the stuff and hang it like wallpaper on any south facing surface that the sun shines on, and on a roof.
Here's a video of what is available today. After further improvement I expect it to become very practical.
- Wage SlaveLv 63 years ago
Cellulosic ethanol is getting close to economically viable. Imagine using sticks and leaves and grass clippings for energy. Certain algae can make biodiesel but I think that technology is a bit further from prime time. There are alternatives to oil. They aren't quite ready yet.
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- οικοςLv 73 years ago
I doubt that it will be a single source. Wind power works best in the central part of the USA. Tidal power is (figuratively) fantastic at the Bay of Fundy. "Ducks" work well where there is wave action. Solar would work best in Saudi Arabia.
- a2yarLv 73 years ago
- ChucklesLv 73 years ago
Synthetic gasoline and jet fuel . We know how to make it from sea water for about $10 a gallon for aircraft. Everything else can run on electricity.
- Anonymous3 years ago
The best energy source is the POWER OF BELIEF! Accept God into your life!
- Anonymous3 years ago