Maxergy, and Embodied Land, a (very) short introduction / rationale
1 The principle of MAXergy is to relate all the resources to the amount of solar input needed to generate and transform these resources via the land area needed to capture and convert the solar radiation into useful resources providing functions. In other words, to maximize exergy (changing potential) in a system and to prevent the loss of exergy (avoid or delay increasing entropy). The resources used from within the system are therefore required to be restored again within the lifetime of their use.
2 The question is, where do the resources come from in any system? If they come from inside the system, eventually you will run out of resources. If you get them from your neighbours, they will run out faster. The earth, as a closed system for mass resources, no more resources are added. Besides, resources are not lost ( from the earth as a system), but depleted and diluted, as dust in the background, (that’s why you have to pint your windows now and then). the less concentrated the resources, the more energy to collect these again in a useful from.
3 With the global system as the ultimate border system for mankind, the only free resource adding to the system from outside, is the sun, sending out radiation into the system that can be captured and converted into food, energy and materials.
4 In order to do this, you need land area to receive that radiation, convert and produce a certain quantity and quality over a period of time. That’s the basis for the MAXergy approach and the “Embodied Land” calculation model. Embodied Land: land to capture and put to work solar radiation power to avoid decreasing inside system capacity.
5 this provides a evaluation, that relates to the source of all, solar radiation, including land as the unavoidable means of conversion to make that radiation available in useful forms, and without weighing factors, for all resources the same reference. It also eliminates the difference between so called renewable and no renewable resources. All sources are renewable, it depends on the time frame and energy incorporated .
Land by the way is land with air above, but can also be land with water above (oceans) .
6 If the systems stays within the solar budgets arriving in a time related flux, in the via land converted forms, a balance in the system is maintained.