Bringing Harvested Energy to efficient use

19 april 2015 by Mårten Björk

Mr Michal J. Martin, Senior Executive Consultant of the Global Center of Excellence for Energy & Utilities, recent post on ”Energy Harvesting” provide an excellent description of existing technologies for production and storage of energy. Understandable also to non-engineers. Even to me. Everyone should read it.

Access to energy, and way of managing, is fundamental to growth, reduction of environmental impact, political stability etc within any sustainable society.The successful examples also implemented display an ”organized spinning of already invented wheels” more than introduction of new technology. Improving 100 things with 1% rather than trying to find the one, 100% solution to all challenges. Yes, market economy and financial growth have proven to be the most efficient way to eradicate poverty during the last decades. But so far with destroyed environment as result and with green technology only implemented when someone had the short term financial benefit from.

Success is achieved when many lift their perspectives also to include for what energy is used, by whom and where, co-operating over boarders. As need of energy increase with a necessary growth, and apart from finding better ways of producing it, the most urgent issue today is how to implement existing knowledge to reduce wasting energy. And to avoid killing people when producing- and using it. Despite environmental impact and due to costs, local availability of natural resources etc., use of fossil fuels will continue for decades along with introduction of innovative, ”greener” technologies. As pollution respect no boarders, neither can the solutions.

Sweden is by many considered as a leading example of ”Eco governance”. On how to disconnect increased urbanization, transport and production from emissions. The success has been charaterized by open communication, a non-corrupted, practical, project oriented approach involving governments, architechts, researchers and suppliers developing solutions in co-operation. Scrutinized by the public and its representatives and tried in practice. The concept is now to great extent exported to other countries, in particular to P.R China. Thereby combined with the necessary financial resources for implementation in larger scale as well as with the knowledge and experience from leading Chinese participants contributing in similar way as their Swedish counterparts.