Generation of renewable energy has been a major concern to various stakeholders for many years. Though the field of quantum vacuum engineering has been extensively studied, little studies have focused on generation of energy from quantum vacuum. Recently, a lot of research has been done to determine ways by which energy can be generated through Casimir effect (Bordag 89). If the researches succeed and the energy becomes available, various changes will take place.
Power plants using non-renewable sources of energy such as fossil fuels will begin to disappear. For many years, the world has been concerned about reducing carbon footprint in the atmosphere. In this regard, many renewable sources of energy such as wind and hydro have been developed. However, since some renewable sources requires a certain quantity of water or speed of wind to be implemented (Tiwari & Mishra 56), some countries have not been able to fully implement the renewable sources and continue to obtain energy from nonrenewable sources such as fossil fuel. But since generation of energy from quantum vacuum may not require a lot of specifications, many power plants producing energy from nonrenewable sources will disappear.
Dependence of energy from regions that are not stable will also begin to disappear. Currently, many countries rely on neighboring countries for energy generation. This means that in case the relationship between the two countries becomes bad or the country generating electricity lacks peace, the dependent country may be affected. Since energy from quantum vacuum will not require certain amount of water or speed of wind, many countries will be able to generate their own energy and stop depending on other countries. Some things will also begin to appear.
Courses that deal with quantum vacuum energy will begin to appear. Currently, the courses that deal with quantum physics do not explore the possibility of obtaining energy from quantum vacuum. However, a lot of research is being done about the possibility of obtaining energy from quantum vacuum. If the energy from quantum vacuum becomes a reality, courses designed specifically for developing and maintaining quantum energy power plants, distributing energy obtained from quantum vacuum, among others will be introduced in institutions of higher learning. In addition, new engineers trained specifically in quantum vacuum energy will begin to appear.
In addition, new jobs dealing with quantum vacuum energy will begin to appear. Quantum vacuum energy production plants will require staff members who will be responsible for installing, maintaining, and replacing machines that will be used in the plants. People who will be responsible for distributing electricity got from quantum vacuum will also be required. Since it will be a new technology, researchers specifically dealing with electricity production from quantum vacuum will be required to ensure that the new technology works well and poses no severe side effects to human.
However, the need and urge to conserve the environment will stay the same, though a few adjustments will be made to incorporate the environmental effects of production and use of energy from quantum vacuum. Though it is known that it is going to be one of the best environmental friendly technologies, environmentalists will begin doing research regarding the effects that generation and use of electricity from quantum vacuum will have on environment. They will work with experts from the field of quantum vacuum and come up with conclusive results. There may also be emergent of environmentalists specializing in the effects of quantum vacuum electricity on environment.
Moreover, old jobs such as electrical engineering and mechanical engineering will remain the same with few adjustments. Electrical engineers will be responsible for the design and implementation of electric circuits that will work well with equipment of quantum vacuum energy. They will only need to learn a few units or courses concerning quantum vacuum energy and be able to design the circuits. Mechanical engineers will also be able to come up with designs for making equipment which will be required for developing power plants and distribution channels.
Assessment of the Proposed Changes
The proposed changes will be beneficial. Changing from nonrenewable to renewable sources of energy will be a big step towards conserving natural resources. Natural resources will not be depleted, and people will always be assured of constant energy supply throughout their lifetime. Overdependence on another country for a crucial resource such as energy can be dangerous sometimes. By producing their own energy, countries will save money that they would have paid another country to get energy and will not be affected by instabilities of neighboring countries.
New technologies come with new changes and requirements. The new courses that will begin to appear will ensure that highly qualified professionals that are able to implement and maintain the new technology and equipment will be trained. This will ensure that people have constant energy. Additionally, new jobs that will begin to appear will offer jobless people jobs and bring confidence to students that there are jobs.
Environmental conservation has been a major concern around the world. Quantum vacuum energy will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere by a greater percentage. This will make the environment clean and lower the chances of global warming. Doing research on the effects of quantum vacuum energy on the environment will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to make the environment clean and protect it from pollution.
Like any other field of study or technological innovation, introduction of quantum vacuum energy will not require all its workers to have studied completely new courses. It will need electrical and mechanical engineers to design and implement circuits and equipment that will be of high quality and work according to set standards.
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Tiwari, G. N. & Mishra Rajeev K. Advanced Renewable Energy Sources. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011. Print.