The Future of Energy Initiative is an open source working group. Our mission is to develop long term sustainable concepts for clean energy systems. Our role is architect. We focus on tipping points and the key technical questions that will ultimately determine the structural foundations of clean energy systems.
The scope of our effort is classic engineering concept definition phase. Starting with an ultimate goal and current knowledge, we contrast and compare whole system concepts. The main product is a factual assessment of cost, performance and risk.
Our chosen goal is to power the planet without fossil fuel. With finite fossil resources, this goal is inevitable and has no ambiguity except for timing. Whether it is 50 years, or 300 years, it is important for policymakers to understand which concepts can be scaled to deliver 3.4 x 1017 Wh/y of primary sustainable energy. This process is presented in more detail in a paper titled Engineering Clean Energy Systems.