CTO Design Challenge – “Scaling Alternative Energy: How Can It Be Done?”: With Ty Carlson, Architect, SiArch Group, Microsoft; Thomas Aidan Curran, CTO, Products & Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG; Eric Openshaw, Vice Chairman and U.S. Technology Leader, Deloitte; Jerry M. Woodall, National Medal of Technology Laureate, and Berry M. and Patricia L. Epstein Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University; and Per-Kristian Halvorsen, SVP and Chief Innovation Officer, Intuit; hosted by David Brin, Author, Physicist, and Co-Host of TV’s “ArchiTechs” series – Resource and judge: Nathan Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
Driving the limit of global warming to less than 2% growth.
Reducing carbon emissions to 14 gigatons of emissions by 2050, rather than the 62 that are predicted today.
Reducing carbon emissions by 30% by 2020, 50% by 2030.
Our panel of CTOs worked far into the wee hours of the night, burning the candle at both ends, with input from our community of world leaders in technology and economics to solve this problem. The result is a comprehensive national plan for scaling alternative energy, that unites Americans around constructive, inclusive energy policies and practices and mandates collaboration of technologies and best practices. The full plan is below.
Summary: Mobilize our companies to innovate and produce the technologies to get us there
- Give American industry and incentive to achieve these goals
- Government needs to guarantee the price of fossil fuel will increase at a predictable rate to stimulate alternative energy investments
- Executive directives to promote significant alternative fuel breakthroughs (jet fuel, solar storage,)
- Nation-wide property assessed clean energy program to drive scalable residential and business energy efficiencies
- Take capital gains tax off alternative energy until US achieves independence from fossil fuels
New Ways of Thinking
- Solar in public right-of-ways
- Designation of solar parks (solar zones), ie landfills, rehabilitated superfund sites, abandoned heavy industry areas
- Symbiosis: moving water and solar power (20%); covering aqueducts with solar
- may need to increase supply buffers
- stage refill water caches during the day with solar
- time-shifting workloads to peak solar
- consume/store excess power
4. Legacy systems waste energy: systems designed when energy was “free” are no longer applicable.
Ban any new coal plant that does not have carbon capture and offset capabilities
Create incentives to upgrade parking garages to have electric/plug-in parking and cover garages with solar panels
Putting solar power on top of buses for powering air conditioning. or other auxiliary issues
Mandate governments to adopt strict energy efficiency improvements, ie building codes, street lighting (LED), convert gov’t vehicle fleets to 50% renewables
Drive dramatic increases in energy efficiency through incentives and education
Public policy matters (strict emission standards for transportation: stairstep model, increasing annually
Energy storage management: movement from “the grid” to “the mesh” ; we need to manage it, understand how it works. Distributing the energy from solar using the least amount of transmission energy as possible.
Drive innovation program– “X-prize on steroids; increase solar efficiency, high efficiency storage, multiple models, develop clean coal, optimized transmission
Develop an alliance of innovation players: differentiation in implementation, not research
Use university campuses as models
Share technology w. sister cities, use modeling to get info out
Drive solar adoption “When you have an oil spill, you have a major problem. When you have a solar spill, perhaps not so much,” Michael Pfeffer on Solar.
Develop new housing units and technologies in developing countries– middle class homes that are energy efficiient
Make new railroads, move nuclear plants forward
Green training programs to create green jobs
Mandatory adoption of government ecosystems around the world to drive green jobs: transitioning military employees to green job workers.
Solar roofing, solar tanks to capture and pump the water at night.
Refocus and Reallocate Societal Resources
– Review existing programs and subsidies going in the wrong direction
– Retool financial outcomes to guarantee the market for purchasing this tech
– Transnational alliance of businesses
Model Existing Cities
Target 600 Alternate Energy Ecosystems w. federal financing guaratees that comply with best practices and approved designs
Create an ongoing CTO advisory board
We Must Enroll the Energy Companies
– non-participation would be punished by non-renewing government contracts for offshore drilling, etc
– Developing energy storage
“It was remarkable to sit in the room and watch the true passion for this subject.” Jerry Woodall.
“If we are going to achieve this goal, then we need to mobilize now.” Monica Harrington
“One of the main problems is that we can’t afford to do this here and now, and we certainly can’t afford to do this if China doesn’t step into the equation,” Nate Lewis
Pooling resources, allying CTOs around clean energy, sponsoring prizes, league of CTOs, draw in the government as a trusted partner