During the past week, 164 students from over 30 countries gathered at the #ETHWeek to learn why #EnergyMatters. The students came from all-but-one departments of ETH Zürich to think up new approaches to the most pressing challenges in energy. This is what they came up with. Continue reading “One week to fix energy: #ETHWeek 2018”
The human disruption of the Earth’s climate poses an unparalleled risk of great suffering. We need bold actions towards reducing our impact. Transitioning the global energy industry towards sustainability is one of those actions. It is often assumed that the transition will be a slow, uncertain process. Although, it needs not be. Continue reading “PS#2 We could transition our global energy system in one decade”
A few days ago, I spoke at the Initiate! stage at the European Utility Week 2017. I was there as the Analytics Director of the European Energy Students’ Network to present the early results of our first analytical project. I reflect here about my impressions from the event and my participation. Continue reading “European Utility Week 2017: Thoughts on industry buzzwords & One presentation”
We cannot afford global economic growth if we want to lower CO2 emissions. To avoid disrupting earth’s climate beyond +1.5C, we have to sharply cut global CO2 emissions. Merely replacing dirty technologies for cleaner ones will not do the trick. We need to transform our economic paradigm towards degrowth. Or maybe not. I explore how much truth is in this statement with the help of three graphs that combine economic and emissions data.
Technological change can wipe out business empires and give birth to entire new industries. Its direction and pace define the waves of creative destruction of capitalism. Plenty of resources are dedicated to predicting both, often with disappointing results. Neglecting that technological change does not happen by itself explains, to a certain extent, such results. Economic agents shape technological change. Exploring the factors influencing what these agents work on provides an alternative tool to look into the future of technology. Continue reading “PS#1: Why a 1969’s paper brings hope for 100% renewable electricity”
My love story with blogging dates back to 2011. I had just arrived in Madrid to study energy engineering. I was excited to be in a big city, in a big university and starting a career I was (and I am) deeply passionate about. At my home town, I had the feeling I was not able to find enough challenges, while Madrid promised more than I could think of.