Better is… Better

The “smart grid” concept explained in practical terms using electric hybrids automobiles as a starting point for illustrating the idea of how a more intelligent framework of energy distribution might work.

This new series of videos produced by Peter Sinclair (aka ‘greenman3610′) promises to be very encouraging to those of us who think there’s more to solving the global energy predicament than the dimwitted stratagem of “Drill baby, drill!” or a bleak future of scarcity involving caves and such…

Update: Video replaced with newer upload.

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4 responses to “Better is… Better

  1. interesting stuff. just wanted to comment on one point, that of merely switching from auto exhaust to plant exhaust. containment and reclamation are more easily accomplished at plants. indeed, the onus should be put on manufacturers and not the consumer.

    KEvron

  2. LMA

    Great video, gives me hope for the future. The transition away from fossil fuels to renewables can’t come fast enough for the planet. Our leaders should be developing energy/environmental policies which will lead Canada into the future, not pinning our hopes on extracting the last few drops of oil.

  3. LMA — Not only extracting the last few drops of oil, but reclaiming it from the most laborious, environmentally harmful, and uneconomical means…

    I’m all for pumping crude out of the ground or the ocean floor as necessary, but dredging tar sands is a really desperate and phenomenally DUMB means of obtaining oil. Not only that, but it’s a waste of water and natural gas.

    Surely we can do better than this.

  4. KEv — I’d agree that’s where the majority of the onus should be placed from a regulatory standpoint, but it’s an effort that needs to take hold throughout the supply chain. What I liked about this video was the idea that car batteries could give back some of their unused energy that’s being stored while they’re sitting idle (which is most of the time). I’d always thought of them simply drawing and storing, but not reciprocating some of that energy back into the grid. Imagine if you got credits for that on your electric bill that would offset any increase in price per unit of electricity consumed…

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