Atmospheric Energy

Atmospheric energy refers to the vast amounts of different types of energy that are present throughout the various layers of the atmosphere.  There are vast amounts of energy spread throughout our planet’s atmosphere, existing in different forms and being converted from one to the other constantly. The vast majority of this energy comes in the form of solar radiation, most of which is trapped in the upper layers of the atmosphere before it can reach the surface of the planet. As a result of all of this radiation, large amounts of thermal and kinetic energy are generated and stored in the atmosphere as well. There is also an incredibly large amount of static electricity stored throughout the atmosphere, normally only seen during thunderstorms when it is released in the form of lightning strikes. There is also a large amount of magnetic energy present as well, used by several different animal species in order to navigate and find directions. If this energy could be harnessed and converted into a safely usable form, there is potentially a limitless amount of renewable energy available to be used, just waiting to be tapped into. For the most part, the only form of energy in the atmosphere currently being harnessed is kinetic energy carried by the wind, used to spin wind turbines. This energy is captured by wind farms throughout the world and then converted into electrical energy that can be used by the general population. However, in recent years there has been an increasing amount …