Energy Literacy

Keynote
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice

The world has known, calculable amounts of energy are available. Let’s take a science (physics and chemistry based) look at all of the earth’s energy resources, both stored (nuclear and fossil fuels) as well as renewable (solar, wind, wave, geothermal, tidal, wave, photosynthetic).

Looking at the sizes of each of these resources and comparing them to humanity’s energy consumption is far from depressing. Although humanity uses a lot of energy, there are very large sources of non-carbon producing energy that can be tapped to meet our needs.

If we are to make a big change in the way energy is produced and consumed we need an “Energy Literacy” that gives people a tangible sense of their energy consumption, and of what it takes to meet that. This talk aims to inspire people that the problem is solvable with rational, data-driven development of the appropriate technologies, both in clean energy generation and in energy conservation. It aims to inject a rational perspective on the energy debate by showing the real numbers and potential of various energy sources to contribute to a balanced future energy supply.

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Saul Griffith

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Saul Griffith is known as an inventor, but was trained as an engineer. He received his PhD at MIT in the junction between materials science and information theory. Prior to MIT Saul studied in Sydney, Australia and at UC Berkeley in metallurgical engineering and mechanical engineering. Since graduating in 2004 Saul has used his training and skills to start numerous technology companies based in the bay area. These include Makani Power, Instructables, Squid Labs, and currently Otherlab and its group of spin out companies. A large focus of Saul’s research efforts are in minimum and constrainedenergy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques and other applications. He has dozens of patents in fields from aerospace to nanotechnology and enjoys being broadly trained as well as narrowly focused. Saul has been awarded numerous awards for invention and engineering including being named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007. He co-authors children’s comic books called “HowToons” about building your own science and engineering gadgets with Nick Dragotta and Joost Bonsen. Privately Saul is a father of two, and a consistent champion of STEAM education (including the A for ART!). Hobbies include vintage car restoration and inventing increasingly dangerous new sports.

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