C.E. Evans wrote:
Eh, I've always looked at zero-point energy as being a nice science project but basically worthless as an actual power source for anything more than a second (you'd probably still need a matter-antimatter reaction to power a zero-point generator, IMO).
Well, it sounds like he's talking about a consumable power cell containing zero point energy, one that is rechargeable/ replaceable. There would be no need for a plant on board these ships, as no power is being generated. All generation occurs off-site prior to launch.
In that scenario, it would be like trying to transfer a pre-detonated explosion into a small container. The proposed power cell would need its own power source and mechanisms to receive, contain, and regulate the zero-point reaction.
I have to wonder if the artificial quantum singularities that the Romulans use might be better and more efficient.