Since he has gone public with his breakthrough technology, Andrea Rossi has claimed that the cold fusion device technology he invented is safe for the environment and human use. He pointed out that since there are no radioactive materials used in his devices, it follows that there will be no radioactive wastes to be generated. Furthermore, Rossi’s cold fusion devices do not emit smoke, particulates or carbon.
Cold fusion devices are something to look forward to bring down the level of pollution and global warming or climate change. Burning of fossil fuels has been attributed as the major cause of pollution and global warming. Nuclear power plants, on top of its high cost of operation, it involve highly hazardous process and consequently generate equally hazardous wastes. So far, the only clean and environment-friendly alternative power sources are the solar and wind power. But these two cannot compete with fossil fuels and nuclear power in terms of cost efficiency. In most cases, government subsidies are needed to keep it running.
The promise of clean, cheap and safe energy by Andrea Rossi’s cold fusion devices is really great. But if it proliferates, it could possibly cause environmental damage as well. Here are some possible problems that might come up when cold fusion devices become so widely used:
- The excessive amount of heat generated by billions of cold fusion devices all over the world could be another cause of environmental problems.
- Unlimited source of energy will give humans the ability to exploit the Earth’s natural resources like never before. This can lead to depletion of resources and disruption of eco-systems.
At this point in time, many things are uncertain. However, with or without cold fusion devices humans have a good track record of exploiting the environment. We can only hope that Rossi’s technology will bring more good than harm.