Document Type

Article

Journal Title

Journal of Scientific Exploration

Volume Number

22

Issue Number

4

First Page

459

Last Page

480

Version

Publisher PDF: the final published version of the article, with professional formatting and typesetting

Original Citation

Sheehan, D.P., Energy, entropy and the environment (How to increase the first by decreasing the second to save the third.), J. Sci. Explor. 22 459 (2008).

Publication Date

1-2008

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

Energy is the lifeblood of civilization, but inexpensive, high energy density sources are rapidly being depleted and their exploitation is severely degrading the environment. This paper explores a radical solution to this energy-environmental dilemma. In the last 10–15 years, the universality of the second law of thermodynamics has fallen into serious theoretical doubt [1–3].Should it prove experimentally violable, this would open the door to a nearly limitless reservoir of ubiquitous, clean, recyclable energy. If economical, it could precipitate paradigm shifts in energy production, utilization and politics. In this paper, recent challenges to the second law are reviewed, with focus given to one for which laboratory experiments are planned. Possible consequences of its violation for technology, society and the environment are explored.

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