What would you say is the most promising recent innovation that could influence how sustainable our future is?
We get very excited by the concept of the ‘Enernet’ – the energy internet. In fact it’s no longer a concept at all, it’s a practical reality and Open Utility, a UK energy platform innovation business, ran a successful trial of the principle last year and has now launched a business version called ‘Piclo’. Similar projects are under way in the Netherlands and China.
This will revolutionise and democratise access to energy, for both generators and customers, in the same way the internet did for information. It will ultimately create a live, dynamic and fluid market for energy in real time, dramatically scaling up the capacity and potential of renewable energy produced by everyone from individual house-holders – perhaps with Tesla’s new solar roof tiles – to massive infrastructure like the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
We could revamp our dirty, centralised and polluting fossil-fuel based energy system into one built on clean, renewable energy largely owned by the people faster than many people might imagine. It’s inspiring people to these types of exciting potential – that bring environmental, social AND economic dividends that keeps us going!