A short discussion about the Energy sector

Xavier Blot
Jan 24, 2017 · 15 min read
Is it a new sunrise for the Energy sector? (by Austin Schmid)
Master plan, part deux by Elon Musk. A whole new narrative to support a vision in the energy sector (Tesla)

The electrical infrastructure (in short)

Brush Company arc light madison square new york 1882 (wikipedia)
Admiral Hyman George Rickover who directed the original development of naval nuclear propulsion and controlled its operations for three decades as director of Naval Reactors (wikipedia).

In other words, the main business model of utilities is clear: invest in few strategic nodes and an heavy infrastructure and, due to regulation, get a revenue stream by charging customers for the cost of these installations. Their primer interest is therefore to justify and to charge for their current electrical infrastructure.


Distributed world

Networks diagram proposed by Paul Baran in 1962 (RAND).
What we can think about when talking about limitless and renewable energy solutions (UN).

Intrinsic limitations

Economy of scale curve (Mason Myers).
Robert Noyce, scientist, entrepreneur, founder of Intel and one of the father of the Silicon Valley (Intel).

Is there an alternative?

Project Sunroof: mapping of the planet’s solar potential by Google (Google).
Barcelona local energy agency aims at becoming a vertically integrated actor in the sector (Ajuntament de Barcelona).
Brighton energy community members with their installation (brightonenergy.org)

To be continued

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