Energy Future

By modeling the exponential improvements in the performance of key digital energy technologies over time, forecasts and investment strategies can be developed. See projections for a digital energy revolution that will enable us to produce, manipulate, move, and store energy on terrawatt scales using renewable sources based on models of key technologies such as parallel embedded computing, networking, power inverters, solar and wind energy, and energy storage.

• Is there enough renewable energy to serve global demand?
• Will renewable energy be cheaper than coal?
• Will electric vehicles be cheaper than gas cars?
• Can we make energy as cheap and dependable as Internet bandwidth?

Requirements for a Digital Energy Revolution:
1. Abundant, clean, renewable energy
2. Fast real-time signal processing
3. Low latency, high bandwidth networking
4. High efficiency power electronics transistors
5. High accuracy analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and sensors
6. Cheap, high-density energy storage

In the year 2020, compared to 2000…

This is a recording of a presentation at the Austin Chamber of Commerce for the CleanTX Foundation November 2012 Power Lunch.

About CleanTX Power Lunch Series

The CleanTX Power Lunch Series is a monthly educational opportunity to learn about current clean energy issues, technology and policy. The Power Lunch Series takes place on the second Tuesday of every month and is held at the offices of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Each month we host a speaker to address the group on topics ranging from energy technology, finance and market trends, to sustainability, economic development and policy. The focus of each lunch will vary and may cover local, regional, state, national and global energy issues.

- Slide 6 (7:57): It's actually only $50 per year for unlimited electric charging at work or downtown using GreenChoice power, which is based on 98% percent wind energy and complete carbon free. Charging at home on GreenChoice electricity is still six times cheaper per mile driven than gasoline.
- Slide 12 (17:21): In 2020 compared to 2000, solar module cost is 110 times cheaper per watt, solar installed cost is 24 times cheaper per watt.
- Slide 22 (43:50): In 1975 when I was born you could by 15 calculations per second of computing for one dollar. In other words, spending $100 might buy you a calculator that can perform 1500 calculations per second. In 2012, a dollar buys you 280 million calculations per second.
- Slide 32 (39:15): The markup to go from high volume commercial pricing to quantity one retail pricing is typically about 80 percent or a 1.8X multiplier (rather than 56 percent).

About the Speaker

Brian MacCleery- Product Manager for Clean Energy Technology at National Instruments
Brian’s mission is to facilitate the design, prototyping and deployment of advanced embedded systems technologies that will help make clean energy less expensive and more abundant than fossil fuels. Brian works with green engineering companies worldwide to help them accelerate their commercialization process through the use of high-level graphical programming software and cutting edge reconfigurable embedded instrumentation and control hardware.


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