Selling Ice in the Refrigerator Age?Reinventing Regional Renewable Energy Resilience
“ I know that most men — not only those considered clever, but even those who are very clever and capable of understanding most difficult scientific, mathematical, or philosophic, problems — can seldom discern even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as obliges them to admit the falsity of conclusions they have formed, perhaps with much difficulty — conclusions of which they are proud, which they have “ taught to others, and on which they have built their lives. —Leo Tolstoy Opening to Ch 14. Translation from: What Is Art and Essays on Art (Oxford University Press, 1930, trans. Aylmer Maude)What I’m going to talk about today is simple, truthful, and somewhat obvious.However, to some, the things I say seem controversial or improbable. So I’d like to start my talks with this timeless reminder from Tolstoy.Today I’m gonna share a simple truth about the gap between the conception of technical solutions and making them available to all. We are living with countless examples of them right now...textiles, manufacturing, and just abouteverything in our daily lives had a critical mass tipping point many years after their invention before they could be widely available.
Image Courtesy: FlickrToday its ice.Would you pay a monthly bill for how many ice cubes you used?Pay more on hot days over cooler days?
Image Courtesy: FlickrOf course not!We can get ice from the fridge whenever we want.But not having to think about the price of ice cubes is a pretty new thing.
Image Courtesy: Wikimedia CommonsSee, even though making ice has been around for over 3000 years...
Image Courtesy: Wikimedia CommonsHarvesting, making, storing and delivering ice around for about 300 years, and the ﬁrst working refrigerator for about 150 years...
Image Courtesy: Wikimedia CommonsThe ﬁrst working refrigerator was invented in 1877. The idea for it has been around even longer. Here’s John Gorrie’s ice machine from 1841
Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commonsit wasn’t until the 1950s before most people could imagine getting ice cubes whenever they wanted.
Why?What changed?Why did it take so long?What does this have to do with our use of energy today?
Image Courtesy: Wallpapers.wsEVERYTHING!I’ll tell you why it took almost a century from the invention of the refrigerator to ice in your cup in a bit,
Image Courtesy: Boston Universitybut before I do that I’ll tell you about the amazing breakthroughs we are discovering with renewables today.
Image Courtesy: Wallpapers.us Flickr Mycellium: Image Courtesy:Just like refrigerators, the locally resilient distributed energy technologies that have been in development for years are here. Now.
We think with the ideas we haveThey require us to think about things a little differently
Less is More Our hearts use only 0.2v to pump over 2000 gallons of blood through its 4 chambers daily. The only battery it needs is a biochemical reaction of Potassium, Sodium and a little bit of Calcium. No wires, no batteries, and no dirty energy plants. We now have the technology to mimic this process and much, much more... onetherevolution Source: Banner Lassen Medical CenterLet’s start with how we think about how much we need versus how much we need to produce to meet the current demand...Our hearts use only 0.2v to pump over 2000 gallons of blood through its 4 chambers daily. The only battery it needs is a biochemical reaction of Potassium, Sodium and a little bit of Calcium. No wires, no batteries, and no dirty energyplants. We now have the technology to mimic this process and much, much more...
Biochemistry, Heat, Pressure, Motion, Kinetics, Light, Friction, Electromagnetism, Materials & More... Image:FlickrA half degree temperature or pH differential between inner and outer cell walls are enough for most biochemical processes to generate energy. For example, The pH differential between the soil and the tree generates enough energy to ﬁll acoconut 60-100 feet above with water. So how come our pumps don’t work this way?
Penn State’s Bruce Logan and Younggy Kim, developed a microbial reverse electrodyalysis electrolysis fuel cell with a nanoﬁlter that can take everyday wastewater and generate unlimited Hydrogen Fuel using less than 1% of the energy generated. Image: Bruce Logan | Penn State BiochemistryRight now, we can make unlimited hydrogen fuel from wastewater nanoﬁltrationPenn State’s Bruce Logan and Younggy Kim, developed a microbial reverse electrodyalysis electrolysis fuel cell with a nanoﬁlter that can take everyday wastewater and generate unlimited Hydrogen Fuel using less than 1% of the energygenerated.
Pressure We already know about wave powered ships, but have Tom Broadbent, Inventor of HydroPower in the you thought about the ongoing pressure differential between the water and the ship even when its docked. UK uses the pressure from existing plumbing in There are thousands of ships docked worldwide, that can buildings to generate enough energy to power the not only generate its own power, but actually produce pump and then some. a surplus just by sitting on the water. Image: PopSci Image: Suntorymake energy from the pressure in our plumbing, Tom Broadbent, Inventor of HydroPower in theUK uses the pressure from existing plumbing in buildings to generate enough energy to power thepump and then some.
Light Dan Nocera and his team at MIT have developed an artiﬁcial photosynthesis leaf that can generate 10X the storage within 1/100 of the volume of commercial fuel cell. A swimming pool full of water (3.2 million liters) for example can generate over 43TW (Terrawatts) per second using his solution. Image: MITunlimited electricity from plain water using artiﬁcial photosynthesis, Dan Nocera and his team at MIT have developed an artiﬁcial photosynthesis leaf that can generate 10X the storage within 1/100 of the volume of commercial fuel cell. Aswimming pool full of water (3.2 million liters) for example can generate over 43TW (Terrawatts) per second using his solution.
Direct Nanophotonic glass can capture photons by an instant state change from clear to cloudy to power buildings and transfer line of sight to another. One of many nano innovations for energy from nanoholdings.com onetherevolution Image: Nanoholdingscapture most of the sun’s energy and transfer it line of sight with nanophotonic glass, Nanophotonic glass can capture photons by an instant state change from clear to cloudy to power buildings and transfer line of sightto another.
Rubber piezoelectric surfaces can generate energy from pressure. Image: ACS publica Motion Friction Motion from foot trafﬁc can power streetlights, escalators & more. Image: PopSciprint piezoelectric circuits on ﬂexible surfaces to capture energy from trafﬁc or touch,
Simple motion can now capture energy for personal electronics and more. Image: Earthtechling Body heat can power electronics like the SkinnyPlayer here. Kinetics Heat Image: PopSci Noise and sound can now generate enough energy to power buildings. Image: PopScipower gadgets from friction and movement, even capture vibrations into usable energy like the sound of my voice in this room. Vibrations
onetherevolutionEven the technical information around the mythical energy technologies of the past
Fantastic! onetherevolution Image: PubmedScience ﬁction is now science fact across many applications!Sean Elliot of Boston University, can infuse light sensitive pigments into certain heme proteinsinto darkness dwelling microbes to produce hydrogen fuel.Your body is now the power station. What would innovation like this do in developing nations if thisbreakthrough research was made available?
HALO IPT Induction Charging Unbounded Fujitsu Magnetic Resonance Transfer Image Courtesy: Pop SciWireless transfer via WiTricity is now real. From inductive charging becoming standard for electric cars to reapplying Tesla coil principles to distribute without wires at the last mile, the gridless grid is real and available now.
Self Powered Air Car Fuel Cell for Water Powered Car Design Water Powered Car Engine (peswiki.com) Inventive A real Air Powered Perpetual Engine* (*generates energy from its own process) developed by a 15 yr old kid student from Uzbekistan in 2008! onetherevolution Image: Ecofriendwater powered cars and frictionless perpetual engines, zero point generators and more, that have been around for decades but suppressed or discredited in the past are now accessible.
The community based collaborative production of these ideas are also becoming widely accessible.Open Hardware. Marcin Jakubowski
This is what we did with $300 Image Courtesy: Ingersol Rand...and we don’t need a lot to do it.
Image Courtesy: MIT, Cornell Labs, ZCorp This is what we can make without a supply chain or economies of scale!From 3D printers just a step away from being the replicators from Star trek
...and even this! Images: The Man Who Prints HousesEven your entire house can now be printed with a 3D printer. Enrico Dini has not only envisioned the possibilities, but actually created the prototype of off-grid energy efﬁcient dwellings to come...
This is what we do with 1/100 the water in 1/1000 the space! Images: Omega, Pods, & Aeroponic technologies via TreehuggerWe have local grow technologies that use 1/100th of the water, 3-5 times the weight of the plant to wattage used (most indoor growers can use 1/1000 of the space of mass agriculture) and a simple solar powered LED bulb to generateenough yields to never pay for produce or a supply chain again!
to collaborative economic models like crowdfunding, crowdsourced innovation...
Sharing Accesssharing resources more efﬁciently, and more…Life cycle of a drill is 15 minutes.Most cars sit idle 90% of the time...
The Abundant Energy Revolution is Here.the abundant energy revolution is happening now right below the surface.
Simple Image: Cleantechnica onetherevolutionPeople around the world are already working with what they have2 Liter plastic bottles with bleach and water placed through holes in the roof can supply the light of a 50w bulb and last for upto 5 years!
onetherevolution Resourceful Image: FastCoDesignRural Africans are using discarded bike parts to make local wind energy. What would happen if the latest IP that is now shelved by big Oil and Gas could be made openly available to these innovators?
Vibrations Materials Kinetics Friction Heat MotionWhat would happen if these innovations could scale enough to be affordable to all?
Pressure Biochemistry LightOr the knowhow from these efforts made publicly accessible to citizen innovators everywhere?
Materials Image: Georgia Tech onetherevolutionI’ve not even touched on materials. One can write a whole book on them and their impact on energy innovations. Organic photonics and nano electronics like these nano scale solar cells can be sprayed as dust on clothing orother porous surfaces to generate enough power for proximal appliances like lights and electronics.
Image: MIT, Georgia TechFrom Namib beetle inspired nano-mesh technology that can collect water from even the driest atmosphere on the planet, and help grow food in the desert and many other applications. Self-replicating nano materials that can help createthe next breakthrough batteries and resilient materials for everything from computing to construction.We now have the tech to grow food in the desert, but that’s not what we do with this...
Image Courtesy: FlickrThat’s not the renewable energy we all have access to, nor is it the vision we are being sold.
Image Courtesy: Flickrwe are sold grand centralized visions like this...
Image Courtesy: Propublicaor just blatant lies.7.4 times the size of the Empire State building is used everyday to generate electricity! 2,714,140 tons/day. All “Clean” coal does is direct the poisons into the ground instead of the atmosphere!
This has been the headline as long as we can remember.Energy is still expensive and the demand is 14 Terra watts a year and growing.
Poisoning Our Water! Image: Naturthink Image: Thinkprogress Image: GaslandSo we do a lot of this nonsense.
Upsetting the Earth’s Delicate Balance! Image: Wikimedia Commons Image: Doral 360 onetherevolutionand this
“At present there is a preponderance of evidence that there is no threshhold dose of ionizing radiation so low that it is safe or such that the risk of damage (even serious damage such as leukimia) is zero” —Karl Z. Morgan Manhattan Project Scientist and Anti Nuclear Activist Fukushima Reactor Fire: BBC.co.uk http://www.ratical.org/radiation/NRBE/NRadBioEffects.html...and don’t even get me started on this!
Image Courtesy: Wallpapers.uswith a solar energy spill
Image Courtesy: APyet that’s not the case.Oil is in everything we use, and renewables are less than 2% of all we use!
...and we are obviously running out! Image Courtesy: oildrum.comyou don’t go looking for change in the cracks of your couch if your fridge is stocked. oil is going to double in price in 5years!
Oil = $$$worse than that, oil is now in our money!
The reserve value of money is based on the price of oil. Image Courtesy: oildrum.comOil is priced mostly in dollars, and has more direct effect on the value of currency and the direction of investment than any other resource. The dollar is inextricably linked to crude oil. What will cap and trade really do, if the real value ofmoney is tied to oil?What’s the point in investing in solutions that will make oil obsolete, if it can also make your money obsolete? Which investor will actually opt for that? Is it any wonder why real value on human terms is overlooked in favor of marketvaluation?
Image Courtesy: Flickr Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commonsso that’s why we show this.
2.4 million tons of manufacturing CO2 21.6 billion gallons/year from Sierra Nevada Mountains in a dumping in India & China region experiencing years of ongoing droughtand don’t talk about this...2.4 million tons of manufacturing CO2 dumping in India & China per annum21.6 billion gallons/year from Sierra Nevada Mountains in a region experiencing years of ongoing drought
Image Courtesy: Flickr Image Courtesy: Flickrand we show this.
...but is $40-75k over 20-30 years the only option? onetherevolution Image Courtesy: FlickrYes, we could all go out and invest in $60K solar panels for our homes
Why is this option promoted... ...while this is still hard to find? $41,000 -$65,590 $500 -$1500 Image Courtesy: GM Image Courtesy: bob hodgenand $50K for our electric cars
onetherevolution Image Courtesy: Endpoverty.org...but most of the world still lives on less than $1 a day!
Promise? $250 Billion+ Space Solar Program to capture photons from orbit and microwave them down with minimal lossThe truth is that most of our commercialized renewable strategies now are a lot like the strategies our ice sales companies had 60 years ago.
Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons Reality! Continue to spend 100s of millions to survey and prop up rotting poles installed over 100 years agoYour utilities and energy companies are not much different than ice salesmen in the age of refrigerators.
Image Courtesy: Free Your Mind and Think on Facebook You have a choiceYOU DON’T HAVE TO LISTEN TO THEM.Do you wanna know what really made refrigerators in every kitchen possible?
Image Courtesy: Wikimedia CommonsTELEVISION.By 1951 TV had reached critical mass. Almost everyone in the developed world had seen one. TV showed us a lifestyle with refrigerators and...
Source: Bed Zed Eco Village, UK with Contextually Relevant Solutions for Energy and Economic AbundanceSuddenly the era of centralized ice production and distribution was over!So what does that have to do with our use of energy?The same thing that it has to do with our use of ice!
Because today, we have something much more powerful than TV.YOU HAVE ACCESS TO IT RIGHT NOW!
Source: T-MobileThe stuff that once ﬁlled buildings, tethered to time, place and cost barriers are now dematerialized and free to move at the speed of thought, from the palm of your hand. More than just creating demand by broadcasting information, TheInternet enables us to create the solutions.
Radio Television iPhone YouTube 40 Years 10 Years 3 Years 6 Months Images Courtesy: Flickrand it’s gonna happen faster than ever before...
It also enables us to discover new ways to share resources, develop solutions contextually and collaboratively work together.So just like TV brought refrigerators to our kitchens, the Internet is now enabling resilient local energy generation knowhow, now taking place in garages and workshops everywhere.
Image Courtesy: Peswiki.com onetherevolutionIn fact, every time I talk about this stuff, people come up to me and tell me about some cool distributed energy solution they’ve either been working on or know somebody who is.
Source: TreehuggerIn other words, while the ice salesmen are trying to ﬁgure out new ways of selling you ice, the refrigerators are already here!
Image Courtesy: footprintnetwork onetherevolutionTHIS IS A BIG DEAL!and it can make a huge difference...cause the clock’s ticking on us now...40% of the Phytoplankton responsible for 50% of the oxygen has vanished since the 1950s50% of forests dead. 80% of ﬁsh dead since 1900. 38% of amphibians dead. 90% of big predator ocean ﬁsh dead. 33% bees dead. 50% of coral reefs dead. At this rate...90% of all life dead by 2050!!!
Everything is EnergyEverything ultimately is energy.Matter is simply energy we can measure on this three dimensional reality with the limits of our consciousness.The way we use energy is supported by our economic model which is supported by our education.
Devastating Living Lands! There are over 6,000,000 abandoned drill sites in the U.S. alone, not to mention the tar sands, fracking pools (like this one in Canada) and the growing numbers of decimated ecosystems and most of the arable land mass of the planet in the name of big oil and gas proﬁts! onetherevolution Image: Screen shot from Garth Lenz from TEDx VicroriaWhen the dominant energy strategy is about extraction without accounting for biospheric costs,There are over 6,000,000 abandoned drill sites in the U.S. alone, not to mention the tar sands, fracking pools(like this one in Canada) and the growing numbers of decimated ecosystems and most of the arable land massof the planet in the name of big oil and gas proﬁts!
Image Courtesy: bls.gov onetherevolutioneconomics are also about extraction by inequity in our social design.
onetherevolution Image Courtesy: FlickrThe education that support our economics now again focuses on extracting facts faster and faster without much consideration for developing true understanding or wisdom.
Image Courtesy: Ingersol RandBut just like TV gave us access to ice cubes...
HALO IPT Induction Charging Direct + Unbounded Fujitsu Magnetic Resonance TransferWe now have ACCESSto the innovations to change the way we use ENERGY.
Image Courtesy: FlickrEverything you need is already here.visual map of Internet over a 3rd of the planet has access to it.
Image Courtesy: Flickr Source: Sony Vaio AdvertisementWe just have to think about using what we already have differently...we can all do something.
wisdom! ideas! tools! expertise knowledge! connections! Funds! Engaging, Integrating & Rejuvenating Commnities Image Courtesy: FlickrThis is what I’m working on now... this is what it does... this is how it does it.
investor / innovator / integrator Reinvesting the Flow & Rejuvenating Equity back into Returns. Image Courtesy: Flickrthis is the outcome..
Pressure Biochemistry Lightso we can make this
Vibrations Materials Kinetics Friction Heat Motionthis and more
$0.16/day $4,583,333.33/day Image Courtesy: APit changes ECONOMICS and it changes EDUCATION.
Image Courtesy: The most beautiful things in the worldIt changes the way the world works from scarcity to abundance.
Image Courtesy: FlickrFrom competition to collaboration
Image Courtesy: Flickr Image Courtesy: Flickrfrom desperation to inspiration.
Source: ShutterstockWe focus on the highest quality of life instead of highest bank balance.
Source: ShutterstockThere is no us versus them. You don’t need to be angry activists to do this.
www.onetherevolution.comIt’s here now. I wrote this book to show you why and how, and I’m now working on the web application I just mentioned to manage dynamic equity based projects to make those ideas easy to access.It’s our world. It’s your time.
“ “ The world is not run by those who are right, but those who convince others that they are right. —Jamshid Gharajedaghi Author, Systems ThinkingThe one thing you can do today is spread the truth.