RETHINKING THE BUILDING STOCK – IT’S A CARBON THING (Renewables: the key to the future Grid:Part 1
RETHINKING THE BUILDING STOCK – IT’S A CARBON THING
What are the steps toward a construction industry that contribute to lowering greenhouse gasses? The problem is multi-pronged and interconnects outside the parameters of the traditional building industry. This 6 part series is my broad mapping of where clean energy, natural materials and designing using natural systems could become the path to a more sustainable future.
RENEWABLE ENERGY GRID – THE BIG PICTURE
With a dirty energy grid powering our needs, conservation and energy efficiency can only be so effective at lowering green house gasses. Relying on individuals to curb usage is like asking everyone to be on a diet. A clean grid of solar and wind are the calorie free donuts we can occasionally indulge in without falling off the greenhouse gas wagon.
With Solar solar is not a question of quantity. Enough energy hits the earth in a few hours to run everything we humans need for a year. It's a problem of distribution and storage. It is not always sunny when or where you want it.
The grid of today could become increasingly based on renewable energy sources and decreasingly based on fossil fuels. I see a macro grid interconnected to infinite micro grids. A micro grid co-op could be an individual home, a street collective, a multi-unit residential building or several strung together. The size would depend on location and sources of power. They would be interconnected to share distribution and storage but able to be stand alone or in smaller groups during interruptions to the macro grid.
So all we need to do is get all the genius engineers who figured out how to exploit fracking, nuclear energy etc. and entice them to the exponentially growing renewable energy industry. The fallout in this industry is just another sunny day.
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