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Alternatives to electricity?

  1. Oct 3, 2013 #1
    As technology has advanced, we have come up with ways to produce and use more energy, and have come up with many different ways of doing so.

    Most of what I know of using energy for households or factories or big machines is that they use electricity, as a way to convert fuel, heat, wind, light, etc. into electricity, and then into motion, heat, light, sound, etc.

    Scientists have come up with heaps of different ways of producing energy in the form of electrity, but will electricity be the main form of energy transmission in the future?

    I have tried to research into this, but haven't had any luck. Does anyone know whether or not there is viable alternatives to electricity that might be used in the future because of particular benefits?
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  3. Oct 3, 2013 #2


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    Electricity will continue to be used far into the foreseeable future. There simply isn't a better/more efficient method or transferring power/energy to everywhere it needs to go. Like to all your nifty electronic devices around the house.
  4. Oct 3, 2013 #3
    to add on drakkith , it's not about what someone can come up with or what the year outside is it's about what mother nature can offer to us , nature is the way she is and physics rules don't change over the years not even over the centuries or millenia ,
    we already have the wheel , we wont be able to make another one , we can just make this one better , longer lasting etc , something like that.

    Will technology progress and become faster , safer etc yes it will but will the basic way of how electron movement in a conductor or anything that conducts can transfer power change ? No I don't think so.
  5. Oct 3, 2013 #4


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    Back in the early 1900's, when people were first starting to transmit power to houses and factories, several methods were tried. These included compressed air, high pressure water, and moving cables. Electricity was found to be far easier and cheaper for transmitting power than these other methods, which is why we use it today. I don't see this changing in the foreseeable future.
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