Driving has become the transport of choice ever since cars became affordable for the public. Latest trends of becoming more efficient have reduced petrol consumption, but like everybody knows, one day petrol will become so scarce it will no longer be affordable to sustain the luxury of driving a car. Changing from petrol powered to electricity powered cars is the ultimate step to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, but it does bring challenges. In this post I will address the most challenging of the lot and how I believe Tesla has mastered them.
I was in England when I wrote this post and I am not joking when I say that today we had multiple mini-blackouts. Thanks to modern technology and surge protectors my hardware is safe and my blue-screen-prone operating system is still running. In my eyes, blackouts are going to become something more regular if we, or the governments, do not tackle the national electricity supply. Thanks to all the environmentally active organisations, parties and people, many modern countries start moving from fossil (and unfortunately nuclear) to renewable energy. Germany is making shining example by shutting down many nuclear plants and now has to import more electric energy from abroad. So the energy creation is not the major issue, it is rather the energy transportation. Moving energy across a country or even a continent is very difficult and needs more than one copper wire. Redundancy, transformer plants and distributing stations need to be implemented to pass the phases to all buildings. In Germany, engineers point out that in the case of all nuclear plants being shut down, southern Germany is running a very high risk of not being able to receive all the energy needed since the infrastructure is not in place to pass it from the coastal wind farms to the Alps. In England something similar exists with supplying Scotland, since there are only two connections linking the countries, which means a single failure could cause moving blackouts. Recently something called “smart grids” has been mentioned, but what are they and how will the be implemented and how will they save the energy transportation problem?
I watched a german TV show boradcasting on the ZDF called “Elektrischer Reporter” (=Electric Reporter) talking about technology and society. This has grabbed my interest ever since I discovered the show in 2009.
Having been lectured in Sustainable Energy at university, watching a report on Gaia from the Electrischer Reporter and after getting minor life worries sorted out, I finally decided to start writing some socio-ethical, maybe even philosophical Texts, hoping to spark some imagination and creativity in my very technology driven mind.