Imagine that you are lost in the middle of the desert, stuck on a desert island or simply hiking in the mountains. You’ll probably need electricity to power your flashlight or your mobile phone. Obviously, there are no power outlets on the horizon… What can you do if you don’t have an O’SOL generator handy??
Together, we will go through some simple notions that you will need to know if you want to create your own free energy from nothing!
If you are reading this article, it certainly is because you are intrigued by the fact that it may be possible “to create electricity from nothing” … and you are right to be concerned since it isn’t possible! If you don’t have a scientific background, here is a simple rule to bear in mind to better understand this article:
“Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed”
These famous words, attributed to Antoine Lavoisier, simply explains that on the physical level, it is not possible to create matter. What may seem to “appear” or to magically “be created” is nothing else that the result of a transformation through well-established physical laws. Amongst them, the law of matter conservation or more generally the law of conservation. Similarly, energy can’t be created, but simply transformed from one type to another (example: the dynamo which transforms part of a cyclist’s kinetic energy into electrical energy to power the lights).
For those of you with a scientific background, you will easily understand that the two first principles of thermodynamics don’t enable the creation of energy but merely its conversion with conservation.
(As a reminder: the first principle of thermodynamics states that energy is always conserved, the second calls upon the entropy to establish the irreversibility of physical phenomena).
Even with these fundamental concepts in mind, we are not yet in a position to generate our own electricity in the desert… but we know that it is necessary to look out for a source of energy in order to transform it into electricity. Which is already a great step forward!
Energy sources can be put into two categories : primary and secondary sources. Primary energy (PE) sources can be found in natural phenomena which surround us whereas secondary energies, such as electricity, stem from the conversion of these primary sources.
What matters for us for the sake of this article, is to produce electricity. Therefore, we need to operate the conversion from a primary source. Here are the different primary sources of energy known to this day:
Unless discovering another source of primary energy, you will for sure need to convert on of these listed sources into electricity to power your phone or your flashlight.
Admittedly, it is not possible « to create electricity from nothing » but more than that, in all cases, you will need some materials to turn a primary source of energy into electricity.
Here are a few ideas that you can dig if you really have “nothing” and if you have not anticipated this lack of electricity:
More seriously, numerous portable solutions are available on the market and let you convert different types of primary energy sources into electricity. They all share the same word : an electrical generator.
With our O’SOL generators, you will easily convert the energy from the sun into clean electricity and even store it and use it in a context of mobility or emergency. You can also check different alternative solutions, depending on your situation:
It is necessary to have a minimum of material to produce your own electricity, which means “free electricity, from nothing” is not possible. The appealing articles that tricks you into thinking that it is possible to produce infinite energy with DIY systems or with perpetual motion devices are simply lies.
Keep in mind that producing electricity necessarily results from the conversion of a finite amount of energy into another finite amount of electricity!
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