The world has known, calculable amounts of energy are available. Let’s take a science (physics and chemistry based) look at all of the earth’s energy resources, both stored (nuclear and fossil fuels) as well as renewable (solar, wind, wave, geothermal, tidal, wave, photosynthetic).
Looking at the sizes of each of these resources and comparing them to humanity’s energy consumption is far from depressing. Although humanity uses a lot of energy, there are very large sources of non-carbon producing energy that can be tapped to meet our needs.
If we are to make a big change in the way energy is produced and consumed we need an “Energy Literacy” that gives people a tangible sense of their energy consumption, and of what it takes to meet that. This talk aims to inspire people that the problem is solvable with rational, data-driven development of the appropriate technologies, both in clean energy generation and in energy conservation. It aims to inject a rational perspective on the energy debate by showing the real numbers and potential of various energy sources to contribute to a balanced future energy supply.
Saul Griffith is the Founder / Principal Scientist at Other Lab, where he focuses his
work on engineering solutions for energy production and energy efficiency. He has
multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his
PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is founder
or co-founder of numerous companies, including Optiopia, Squid Labs, Potenco, In-
structables.com, Howtoons and Makani Power. Saul has been awarded numerous
awards for invention and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007. In 2011 Saul was
named a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’. Saul holds multiple patents
and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, robotics, energy production,
manufacturing and smart geometry. Saul co-authors ‘Howtoons’ with Nick and Ingrid
Dragotta – a children’s comic book series about building your own science and engi-
neering gadgets. Saul is a technical advisor to Make magazine and Popular Mechanics,
and sits on various advisory boards including Duke Energy and the San Francisco 100%
Renewable Energy Taskforce. He rarely wears shoes, is typically found knee-deep in
machinery with fists full of tools, and has holes in most of his pockets.