6,600,000,000: that’s how many people live on earth today.

9,200,000,000: that’s the world population forecast for the year 2050.

The population increase will be primarily in the less developed nations. Not only is our population growing, but the demand for energy in the less developed world is growing at an unprecedented rate.

It’s clear that we live in an increasingly energy-hungry world. How do we meet this rising demand without inflicting permanent damage to the fragile environment that supports our life on earth? What energy resources are available, which ones should we invest in, and at what level?

At Smart Energy, we try to answer these questions through interviews with the world’s leading scientists, engineers and policy makers. We discuss new ideas and new technologies from wind, solar, tidal energy, and other renewables to fossil fuels to solutions for transport. Our aim is to present information in an unbiased way, focusing on data and research, not politics. We hope to help you sift through the sometimes conflicting and biased information found in traditional media.

One thing is certain, we must design our energy systems to power the world sustainably, both in terms of our quality of life and of the natural environment. Inspired by my years in New Zealand, it’s all about te aio-tanga-nui, the importance of finding balance. I hope that the information and discussions provided here will help you in finding the right energy solutions.

– Margot Gerritsen

About Margot
Margot Gerritsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, and the Director of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. Together with her colleagues and students, she works to develop computational tools to optimize the development of energy resources. She is active in large scale solar development, wind farm optimization, marine energy, as well as mitigation of the harmful environmental impacts of oil and gas production. Margot is an expert in energy resources, fluid dynamics and computational mathematics, and teaches courses in these areas. She regularly advises NGOs, VCs, policy makers and the energy industry.

About Clay Hamilton
Clay Hamilton, co-director and producer of Smart Energy, is a new media and design professional, with experience working with academics, researchers, non-profits, and business institutions on outreach and communications projects. He is active in the interpretation of scientific policy for general audiences.

About Smart Energy’s Advisory Board
Smart Energy is very happy to have the support and advice of these wonderful people:

  • Jennifer Saltzman, Stanford University, CA
    Jennifer is the Director of Outreach Education for Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences. She regularly works with educators on ways to include scientific literacy in K-12 lesson plans. In addition, she oversees several programs that bring together educators, students, and academic researchers. Jennifer is very interested in disseminating scientific research to the general public.
  • John Dawson, advisory board, Palo Alto, CA
    John is a successful enterpreneur in Silicon Valley, and board member of several NGOs in the areas of energy and water.

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