Most fossil fuel is used by various type of heat engines, which release thermal energy into many other energy forms in our daily live. These engines aren't designed properly, so they are very inefficient, which results in high energy waste in the form of heat. Because such high level of fossil fuel consumption contributes to net increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, a potential green house effect in the long term trajectory, climate change theory thus developed in the scientific domain, which also accepted by many public. It is important for us to find alternative fuel sources to replace fossil fuel as soon as possible.
The ever increasing demand of fossil fuel inflates its price. Being in fossil fuel business is lucrative. What about those working for the mining companies? Well, it depends on where he/she works. In a developed country where coal mining practice involves highly advanced technologies that lead to superior productivity, as well as proper labor laws protections for workers are enforced, the income of a coal miner, for example, will be much higher than a similar worker in a developing country. For example, in China, coal is accounted for no less than 70 percent of its entire energy consumption for the past fifty years. Most of coal mines in China are underground. Although state owned large mines have better technologies and safety measures, small privately owned mines are the poorly managed business in terms of safety. As a result, workers employed by those mines are exposed to high risk of mining incidents. Since 1949 coal mining accidents in China have claimed more than 250,000 lives [source: Coal Mining Safety: China's Achilles' Heel, China Security Vol 3 No 2 Spring 2007].
Moreover some miners receive a minimum wage. In 2005, in some collieries in north-west China, mine workers allegedly received only 155 USD per year, which is very little to live a secure life [source: Coal Mining Safety: China's Achilles' Heel, China Security Vol 3 No 2 Spring 2007]. Besides mining without advanced technologies is an extremely difficult and tiresome work. It takes a toll on the health of the workers.
One reason why these workers don't have better technologies and security measures is simple: cost saving. But that doesn't mean the fuel you buy for your cars, electricity consumed by your family will be cheap. Being none renewable means once used, there is less available. Fossil fuel business is about profit. Mining companies are interested in easy job. Once the easy deposits are exhausted, they have to find hard to extract fossil energy, which cost more to business operation, with potential bigger environmental damage. On the other hand, worldwide demand is going up in the long term trend. It is a perfect scenario of price hike, which is also proved by the market price action. We have seen a clear correlation in between global economy growth prospect and fossil energy price hike, plus geopolitical influence on energy price, which might be caused by warfare, or manipulation of fuel production, for example, by oil production organization such as OPEC. Energy users are caught in between. Such problem is also magnified by highly energy inefficient engines in many sectors of the society, which we have separate discussion in our blog and book section.
Fossil energy formation is a very long-term process. It takes millions of years for fossilization process to complete. In reality, it will never end until our Sun and Earth stop such eco system natural phenomenon, i.e., the process of solar energy storage. Energy is the very basic element in every star system. What makes planet Earth special is that part of solar energy will be stored in the form of carbohydrate chemical chains. Without any question, fossilized carbohydrate material is an ongoing process on planet Earth, just like photosynthesis takes place whenever sunlight hits Earth. According to Global Energy Flux, Reservoirs and Destructions flowchart published by Global climate and Energy Project at Stanford University, about 0.0779% of solar energy is used for photosynthesis. The available fossil energy deposits, coal, crude oil and gas, have been used in the past are: 1.33%, 4.55% and 6.4% respectively. Alternative resource of energy which also categorized as clean and renewable, has far more potential in real quantity. It's time for us to think how to utilize renewable energies without the high cost. One simple way to fix the issue is to reduce energy waste by using engine such as BETE, the engine Blue Energy Australia is designing, of which it can use dry mass energy source as fuel.
Trying to collect dry mass fuel is not the job for conventional energy business because fuel can be widely spread that can't be done with machinery. This is a perfect job for low incoming earner of this world, from Africa to Asia to south america, many people would be living on less than 10 US dollars a day, or even less. We can use coal spot price to put that into potential work load on a labour of underprivileged, which is about 200 kgs of dry mass. To collect fuel for cooking purpose in third world countries is daily routine of a housewife, or her children. Cooking with dry mass is highly inefficient and harmful to a family member, let alone the smog emission for the environment. So the benefit to spread the mining business into big participation not just help the effort to mitigate carbon emission but also diversify the wealth of energy demand generated revenue from large corporate control business into individual of less privileged no skilled labours. The income thus flows into these people can be a potential trade off to give them electricity that is in the village with their own fuel source for lighting and better cooking practice.
Blue Energy is not just innovation in technology, it is also about planning a secure and sustainable future by replacing fossil energy with clean and renewable, which focuses on fair sharing of wealth at equal level field. By giving anyone in this world the chance harvesting clean energy resources, we can ensure that energy is not in the hand of "lucky" and "powerful" minority or corporations. If you are living on less than $10 a day, you will be happy to make extra $10 a day by harvesting free energy near you. If you can find free energy for your own usage when profit is not the consideration, you will not feel hesitate to collect fuel in the bush or forest whenever you have the opportunity. By doing so, we also take the fuel away to reduce fire threat.
Finding clean energy resources (i.e. dry mass) and collecting fuel don't need special skill. Anyone can get involved, even for a three year old child. We can use the huge portion of unemployed, underprivileged, and unskilled population of the world and turn them into clean energy harvesters. Our plan is to create a system where anyone can find the resources and trade the resources easily. This can be facilitated by using digital technologies and the internet. We will set up a decentralized membership based global body to help the energy harvesters to collect and trade their harvests. In this way we can get hundreds millions of people involved in the energy resource harvesting process which will ensure the collection of ample amount of clean energy resources. On the other hand, this process will ensure that billions of people in the world who earn less than 10 dollars a day get a chance to earn a better living.