Growth is inevitable in our economic system. If we stop growing, we will all have more time for ourselves, as we have a very advanced civilization already. Running an advanced civilization without huge piles of waste is our current task.
As renewable energy has much less energy density than fossil fuels we need to concentrate even more on a
maximum efficient energy system.
Let's compare the centraised approach versus the decentralised approach
We must retrofit our entire civilisation to be based on renewables in the next 30 years.
To even closely do that we could downsize our whole economic system on the one hand (to build a smaller new system) and upscale renewables at very fast speed on the other hand.
The build up of sufficient renewables in that short time frame can only be achieved when we use the most efficient approach which has been shown to be a supergird to connect remote locations with good quality renewable potential to the productive centres of the projected region.
INTRENEX aims at building such a system in the form of a “transnational energy cooperative” where every private investor in renewables can consume the electricity generated from his own investment at the maximum efficiency, thus the lowest price possible.
To start this company we are currently engaged in a funding process to operate the company for at least five years. In these five years, energy futures will be sold for private investors that should at least amount to 1 Billion Euros that the project can scale up at sufficient speed. This energy-future embodies the right to receive a certain, yet to be announced, fixed amount of kWh of green electric energy.
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There is one single fact that I want you to take away, when you leave this site:
There are currently 6 TW of fossil fuelled electrical power stations running on a 24/7 basis on this planet and the entire machinery our civilisation runs on, delivers approximately a constant 15 TW of power 24/7. If we only replaced electrical energy (6 TW) with the largest wind turbines available today (E-126; 7,5 MW), we will need 800.000 of them.
We must finish this job at maximum in 30 years, so we will have to install 74 of them in one day for the next 30 years. If we assume 50 workers per turbine on site, 50 in the factory, and 600 for the grid, 8000 people can easily finish the job!
This task is big and requires a coordinated effort. But nothing compared to 8 Billion people having clean energy in the shortest time possible.
We can not do this on a country by country basis and we can not afford to do this with inefficient machinery that requires additional storage in large size or smart grids with a very large number of microcomputers in every electrcial appliance. Intrenex will create a simple, strong, self regulating grid, similar to the reliant one that we have already, and connect the most efficient locations for renewable energy installations with the largest consumers worldwide.
This grid technology (HVDC) is available today and has only moderate losses so that it makes perfect sense to create a global "Supergrid". This solution is so simple to grasp that it is astonishing that we humans failed to do it so far.
Considering the future, I want to share with you two videos here that I find inspiring on our way to this future: First a video by Kari Norgaard where you will see that you are not alone with your worries about climate change. Second a video by Charles Eisenstein to give you a better understanding of our role on earth.
Bye, bye and tell your friends. 08.06.2017 M.Muncke