The shift to an energy source that is more environmentally friendly, efficient, and cost-effective is one of the most important challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century. There is a huge amount of promise in both regional grids as well as in very small, self-contained systems that are known as „Neutrinovoltaic systems.“ In decentralized and cellular energy systems, the equilibrium between the supply of energy and the demand for it has already been established at the local level.
Benefits of Using Non-Visible Radiation for Energy Production
The fact that our primary energy sources still primarily rely on fossil fuels is one of the main problems with our energy supply. Renewables only make up less than 15% of the energy mix, which makes a fast change of direction challenging. Such a ratio indicates that climate change will eventually result in global warming. In Germany, it won’t be until 2038 before coal-fired power plants are shut down, and encouraging electric mobility won’t help reduce emissions much either because, even if electric cars don’t emit any pollutants directly, the additional energy they require causes the chimneys of large power plants to smoke even more violently. to be discontinued by 2038. It would be required to continue using fossil fuels to generate electricity in order to maintain existing levels of mobility, adding to the already enormous environmental burden. The total amount of emissions is unaffected by changes in emissions location.
Both small networks and fully autonomous plants have a big impact
To a large extent assisting other sustainable energy sources, neutrinovoltaic systems are an essential component of the upcoming energy shift. Homes and businesses can receive power either from the main grid or from smaller, decentralized grids that operate independently of the main grid. „The main advantage of neutrinovoltaic systems is that they generate electricity close to where it is used, therefore the power is continuously used by the client over a relatively short distance.“ Therefore, there may be a major reduction in the burden on supra-regional energy networks, and the demand for new grid construction should gradually decrease. Holger Thorsten Schubart, CEO of Neutrino Energy Group, explains that by avoiding lossy long-distance transmission and early shutdowns of renewable power plants due to grid congestion, the share of renewable energy increases.
Challenges in the operation of autonomous systems powered by renewable energy
But maintaining a reliable and effective energy source is a significant challenge for autonomous systems. A stable energy supply is much harder to maintain in decentralized grids than in centralized grids supported by conventional large-scale power plants because of the volatility, or fluctuations, of regenerative plants using wind and solar energy, which typically have only low storage and reserve capacities. However, according to Prof. Dr. R. Strauss, professor of physics and member of the Neutrino Energy Group’s international Scientific Advisory Board, „with neutrinovoltaic technology, these systems work autonomously 365/24, comparable to a solar cell that would continue to work even in complete darkness.“
The conversion of invisible radiation energy, making it usable, and promoting and informing about the possibilities of its utilization are the tasks assigned to the Neutrino Energy Group. Germany’s Neutrino Deutschland GmbH, based in Berlin, is a part of this globally connected organisation. Its goal is to work with business to develop goods and prototypes for everyday use. So-called „neutrino power cubes,“ „neutrino energy cells,“ and „neutrinovoltaic systems“ (autonomous neutrino small power plants). Knowledge as it stands suggests that electricity generated by these new renewable energy cells will be significantly cheaper than conventional expenditures for a comparable kilowatt hour from today’s electricity grid. This is because the „raw material invisible radiation source“ costs nothing, is always and everywhere available, and the costs for grid creation and maintenance will be eventually eliminated. The only thing left for the consumer to worry about is the care of their technical equipment used in the energy conversion process.
Energy supply solutions for developing and emerging countries
Neutrinovoltaic, in the words of Schubart, „is not only a significant part of the future energy transition, but also a key building block in building the fundamental future energy supply in rising and developing countries. Neutrinovoltaic systems provide an alternative for remote, off-grid sites because they may operate completely independently in isolated mode and are not merely grid-connected. Neutrinovoltaic is an essential component for creating a fundamental energy supply in emerging and developing countries, where it is impractical to build an extremely expensive central energy infrastructure, especially in sparsely populated rural areas, even in the long run, emphasizes the CEO. This is in addition to its contribution to the energy transition in developed countries.