My intention (and hope) is that you as a visitor will browse the content, use your mind to reflect on it and act on any new thoughts that has entered your mind.
My basic assumptions going into this work have been:
- I believe sustainable energy production and consumption is the right way to move forward. The sustainable energy economy must be allowed to overtake fossil fuel dependency as the driver of the society.
- I believe production of sustainable energy is plentiful. The main hurdle to remove is getting access to the sustainable energy at all places, when and where it is needed.
- I believe modern information technology can be used to remove obstacles and allow decentralized local initiatives to facilitate the transition to sustainable energy production and consumption.
- I believe in empowering the common person. Allowing each and everyone to take action for the greater good is a powerful tool.
- I believe in aligning the driving forces for doing good things for the greater good, while getting benefits from the initatives one is making.
- I believe you want to participate and be part of a clean sustainable future.
I invite you to participate. To create a business that can sustain itself I would like you to try my services and provide feedback. Your feedback is currently my most precious resource.
My intention here is to perform for profit work. In order to create a long term change, it must make economic sense. That means a change that is aligned with the current de facto system for deciding what most of us end up doing. If a change makes economic sense, it means 90% rather than 10% of potential users will be available to perform the change.
The electric future:
Energy is the backbone of the modern civilization. Looking into the history one can clearly see that the availability of energy strongly correlate with the advancement of civilization. Hence we need clean energy to facilitate our way of living. To have energy, we have four different areas that must work and each have many initiatives to make them sustainable today:
- Production. (Introducing new modes of power generation like wind and solar)
- Distribution. (More efficient power grids, work on hydrogen)
- Storage. (Storage of electrical power, conversion to other forms)
- Consumption. (More efficient use of available energy)
Given the development in the electronics and software industry the last 30 years, electrical power have become viable in many more application areas where previously fossil fuel were needed. The major game changers are the ability to precision control complex dynamical systems, the advancement of compact electrical motors, and cheaper storage. Hence electrical power will be the ’lingua franca’ of power conversions in the future.
I see two implications that I am currently looking into:
- As we shift more and more energy consumption to electric power our aging power grid will need to be upgraded. Some is handled by the utility companies but much is residential household owners that e.g. want to charge their electrical car. We need to facilitate this upgrade and help with a clear economic calculation showing when and how the upgrade makes sense. Introducing more power consumption measurements can facilitate these decisions.
- We need to remove obstacles in the way of access to power. With electrical power being harder to store, we need to be smarter with access to it, especially for mobile applications such as transportation. For gasoline we have an infrastructure where people can pay to get a certain amount of energy. That kind of infrastructure is lacking for the electrical energy system. Today there are no incentives for people to open up their power outlets for general use. With a simple system to get a kickback more people could share resources, such as stationary power outlets, with the general public.