Antihydrogen - a new energy source ?
The answer is: NO !
While antihydrogen production at rest is hoped to be solved within the
there is no meaningful idea how to use energy set free by annihilation.
StarTreks warp engine may be a clever idea, but in real life it wouldn't
- there are no antimatter resources in our world
- antimatter has to be created in a energy-waisting process
efficiency: 0.000 000 01 % !!!
- storing antiprotons in magnetic bottles has an efficiency of 1 %
- antihydrogen has to be produced and stored inside magnetic bottles
- the energy in matter-antimatter annihilation has to be converted into
Anyhow, the overall efficiency would be smaller than
0.000 000 000 1 % !!!
So, it's better to use the available energy 'directly', even an old
steam engine has an efficiency of 10 %.
- All antiprotons produced at CERN in one year carry an amount of energy
which is capable to light a 100 W light bulb for
- The world production of electricity converted into antiprotons
would theoretically light this 100 W light bulb for
- All known coal, oil, gas resources would result in a number of
antiprotons which would be equivalent to the energy needed to drive
10 small cars from Hamburg to Munich and back
- 10 MWyears (=3.15*10^14 J) are needed to produce
- 10^12 antiprotons would be stored in magnetic bottles
- annihilation of 10^12 antiprotons would give 300 J
- 300 J are able to light a 100 W light bulb for 3 seconds
World electricity in 1993
The originally given value of 5.8 minutes was wrong due to an error in the
- 10.050*10^12 kWh = 1147260 MWyears would produce
- 1.147*10^17 antiprotons would be stored in magnetic bottles
- annihilation of 1.147*10^17 antiprotons would give 34.4 MJ
- 34.4 MJ are able to light a 100 W light bulb for
Known coal, oil, gas ressources
- 3.287*10^22 J = 1.04*10^9 MWyears
would produce 1.04*10^22 antiprotons
- 1.04*10^20 antiprotons would be stored in magnetic bottles
- annihilation of 1.04*10^20 antiprotons would give
- 31.34 GJ are able to drive 10 cars over 1500 km