Case - Energy Alternatives: The BIG multi-dimensional--technical, political and economic -- Picture!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 10/22/2004 - 14:39.
09/30/2004 - 15:00

Alternatives: The BIG multi-dimensional--technical, political and economic --

09-30-04. Student lead forum with a panel of topical experts juxtaposing a
fossil-fuel centric viewpoint with realistic summaries of state of the
art Wind, Solar and Fuel Cell technologies, wrapping up with what public energy
policy might look like in the future.

If you are
business, government or a concerned citizen - come together to ask the big
questions: What is the magnitude of the problem? How much do these technologies
cost? What breakthroughs are needed and their likelihood? How can you get
involved here in Cleveland in helping to shape the future in this area? All
welcome. Bring a colleague!


  • Tom
    Zawodzinski, Exec. Dir., CAPI, Case: Fuel Cells, the Mobil/Exxon view of the
  • Jeff
    Buster, REI: Wind energy and manufacturing
  • Gary
    Murphy, REI: New car sharing models for
  • Prof. Phil
    Taylor, Physics, Case: Solar Energy

Case Advanced
Power Institute (CAPI), Center for Regional Economic Issues (REI), the Student Section of the
American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Materials Science Graduate
Student Group.

& Place:

Thursday, September 30, 4 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Nord Hall, Room 310. Refreshments!

Free & Open to
the public



Nord Hall, Room 310

Real time notes from Session - Norm Roulet

I'm over at Case right now, wifi'ing from the Student led energy meeting at Nord Hall. I just learned GE will make over $ billion this year from their wind turbine business, which they bought fire sale from Enron, and the presenter, a Case professor (not Jeff Buster) confirmed GE uses their clout and legal aggressiveness to constrict the US industry. Also interesting, while there are no import duties and tariffs to import fossil fuels, there are high importation costs for solar and other alternative fuel technologies.

Another interesting subject an economics professor (and REI staffer) has proposed is a program for Cleveland for car sharing - a fleet of cars made available on a pooled use basis (as an alternative to everyone owning their own cars). They want to get this program going here (it is successful in SF, for example) - interesting idea. Now another professor is talking about Case strategy developing fuel cells and how that would compliment the car sharing idea. An attendee from all the last three related meetings is now talking about biodiesel, which is another opportune subject for Case students (and this session is largely designed for engineering students).

Consider from this message a few things. First, I'm in a meeting real time sharing important information with the outside world - and recording important content for future reference - and the meeting is not being recorded or filmed and despite being full of students no one else here is using a PC or even pen and paper to keep notes - all this talk is lost and gone when the session ends - no knowledge management except this message. That is a serious problem - a huge waste of resources and potential. Note, the discussion has raised many actionable opportunities that will be lost. We need action.

In discussing the social network plan this morning with Marc Canter he detailed how such a session should be run. There should be numerous people here transcribing and reporting to wiki blogs real time for future reference and those not here to follow and even contribute to - could have video feed as well - we just went to Q&A and you at home could send a question or comment to contribute from afar. Someone mentioned economics students should be here, and some could be from afar. Everyone here who wants to be involved in furthering any of these initiatives in any way would know to register afterward to a mail list, allowing them to continue the dialogue - using the people aggregator everyone interested in a subject would join a related community of interest link - COIL. At the COIL social network site, all the presentations from today's meetings would be available, with links to all related material and organizations - many have been mentioned today - and outsiders could visit and join the COIL. Future events would be posted. Businesses could be started and they could migrate to other COILS of self interest, which could be private.

If only we had built from here

It is interesting to look back to October, 2004 - REALNEO posting #123 (we're over 3,500 now) - and see how well the community was coming together around advanced energy, back then, with open collaboration among public and private thinkers of all ages. I was there to capture what I could on realneo, and here it still is today... all other insight from that afternoon and similar sessions at REI were lost lost, except for on REALNEO. If we as a community had worked together as a community, from then on, we'd have real wind turbines in NEO today.

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