This just makes absolutely no sense.
The law of conservation of energy is a law of physics. It states that the total amount of energy in a system remains constant over time (is said
to be conserved over time). A consequence of this law is that energy can neither be created nor be destroyed: it can only be transformed from one
state to another. The only thing that can happen to energy in a system is that it can change form: for instance chemical energy can become kinetic
Compressed air is not an energy resource, instead it is a way to store
energy. If you had humans compressing air for several hours per day the
thing they would be doing is converting chemical potential energy found in food to potential energy in compressed air. Compressors are not
even close to 100% efficient neither is the human body, thus the total amount of actual energy available to people to use to do actual work
would simply be far lower than the amount available than if the chemical potential energy was simply used directly as a biofuel. And if that was done
then you would have the more
total energy AND
you wouldn't be wasting the lives of humanity spending their short time on the planet
It would also be impossible for this to work as a currency because it would always be cheaper and more efficient to simply use the biofuel directly as
energy, thus all the people compressing air on treadmills (or whatever) would simply spend more than they earn on food. There is no
this due to the laws of physics. This is fundamental.
The maximum power output a non-athlete human body can put out is 909 watts during a 30 seconds sprint. The average westerner uses over 11 kilowatts on
average for transportation, lighting and so on. Australia has 15 million people of working age out of 21 million people total, assuming those 15
million people somehow
compressed air at 100% efficiency for 9 hours per day at the same power as someone sprinting, then they could only
supply 2% of our energy. And that that energy would come from biofuels in the form of food in the first place too so there would be no point doing
There would no time time for society to run hospitals, educate children, build infrastructure, maintain infrastructure, generate vast amounts of
actual energy. Instead you would be wasting 5 million person-years per year to convert chemical potential energy into a smaller amount of compressed
air potential energy that could only meet 2% of our current demand (which is increasing).
way this could possibly work is if you had machines (like wind turbines, or a nuclear reactor) compressing the air for
in reality this would mean that it is practically exactly the same as what we have today only instead of electricity and petrol, we would be using
compressed air instead. There is also little reason to use compressed air over electricity, as compressed air is often less efficient than electricity
as shown here
This idea is nothing more than MAGIC, and as we all know magic does not exist.
edit on 28/8/11 by C0bzz because: (no reason
edit on 28/8/11 by C0bzz because: (no reason given)