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Smart Energy Systems
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Humans need Energy
You all know that more people need more electricity but did you ever think about
how much problems the distribution of energy is causing?
This web-page informs how
new Energy systems could secure humans future
A lot of scientist work on new energy systems.|
Our hope is that these new systems and communication technologies converge in a new industrial revolution.
It happened before:
1. Steam power and the print industry
2. Centralized electricity and electrical communication
Many hope that the third revolution will be the convergence of renewable energies and the internet.
The great economic revolutions occur when new energy regimes emerge and new energy regimes make possible the bringing together of larger numbers of people so that we can integrate their skills, differentiate them, and put them into larger economic units. But new energy regimes are complex so they require new communication revolutions agile enough to manage [them]. If we look through history we see that it’s when communication revolutions converge with and manage new energy revolutions – those are the pivotal points in history that change the economic paradigm, the social framework and even consciousness.
Look at the 5 foundations - alone they are just components but when combined their synergies provide a viable platform for the change:
1. Shifting to renewable energy
Our entire modern civilization is built around fossil fuels: we use them for producing energy and petrochemicals are in the majority of products we consume; thus increases in oil prices negatively impact global purchasing power and our economy suffers, as we have experienced recently. Global peak oil production was reached in 2006 and the IEA suggests that it would cost $8 trillion over the next twenty years to extract our remaining fossil reserves; but this is not, and can never be, a long-term solution. Investing in renewables utilizes inexhaustible natural resources and is the only long-term solution.
2. Using buildings as power plants
How do we collect energies that are distributed?
We could use our expansive buildings infrastructure; the EU has 191 million buildings alone. New buildings would be zero emission, positive power. Retrofitting with ever-cheapening renewable harvesting technologies would spur millions of jobs and jumpstart the economy over a long period required for the conversion of all European buildings.
Cost-down is likely to follow the same twenty-five year transformation the computer industry saw: in the 1970s there were only a few mainframe computers of inordinate cost, by the turn of the millennium computers were affordable for most families and a further ten years on and computing components are relatively cheap commodities that have proliferated everywhere. This also triggers a sea-change in the way power works: consumers would produce their own power and feed excess to the grid; utilities would transform from power providers to power managers, helping consumers and SMEs manage their energy flows.
3. Deploying storage
The intermittency of renewables dictates a need for storage.
Hydrogen would be one choice and its modularity, scalability and movability are advantageous. Hydrogen can be distributed and transferred laterally and cross-continentally. Hydrogen fuel cells and electrolyzers will play a huge role in balancing the intricacies of the new energy paradigm. The EU has confirmed its belief in hydrogen and fuel cells. Storage of energy and managing this energy so it can flow across regions is essential.
4. Using the internet to transform power grids
The smart grid: a nervous system for the emerging energy–communication convergence via the conversion of our existing grid infrastructure. Millions of buildings would each produce a little bit of electricity, storing it in hydrogen as we would store media in digital, selling surplus back to the grid as we would share things online.
5. Electrifying personal transportation
Battery electric vehicles are already here and fuel cell electric vehicles are less than three years away. Homeowners will be able to use their surplus electricity to charge their BEV or after electrolysis, use it in hydrogen form to fuel their FCEV.
None of these components work alone; the transition must see all of these pillars emerge together. The change will not be centralized, it will emerge laterally. Lateral thinking has risen in unison with the internet, which is inherently distributed and laterally organized; economics, media, and many other aspects of life are moving to a lateral operation and now energy must follow.
The change is not easy, it is not instant, but it is necessary if we want to continue living in the empowering and enjoyable way we do today.
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