Re: Let There Be Light! Energy Extracted from the Vacuum!
Unfortunately, this doesn't mean we're on the path towards a ZPM. That the fundamental quantum structure of spacetime is "foamy" has been known for some time. What must be noted is that this foam represents the lowest possible energy state
, at least for our current understanding of physics. To extract useful energy from a system, the system's energy must be higher than the amount of energy we put into it (so we have a net gain). As we can't get any lower than the energy of the foam, that means no ZPMs.
At least, not for energy production purposes. As the linked article mentions, this could possibly be used as a ready source of entangled particles. And we all know you can never have enough of those.