Time and energy – dust in the wind

Time – a dimension, measuring past, present and future, a dimension that determines our existence, firmly connected with all of our countable wealth and heart of all our emotions as it separates them, is something that is not so often put as an argument in energy disputes. Analysts, manufacturers, decision makers, governments are talking mostly about money and funds but not time. There is a lovely quote from Kansas’ song that comes to mind when thinking about this:
“I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity…

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see …

Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind …”
We often talk about renewable energy systems as function of the investment cost and the efficiency, assuming some accounting parameters such as cost of capital and depreciation period, but we hardly assume that investment cost is a dust while life and knowledge are rocks. The question “what is energy?” is difficult to answer, but it is clear that energy is always an indispensable prerequisite for performing mechanical work. Life was not created or supported by money; energy and knowledge were transferred without investment cost for thousands of years, raising the efficiency of one’s labor and his added value to the society.
Focusing on time will set us free from colored papers and let us search the way to harmonize our lives with earth, wind and sky.