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Web 2.0 Summit 08: Saul Griffith (Makani Power/Squid Labs) , High Order Bit

Web 2.0 Summit 08: Saul Griffith (Makani Power/Squid Labs) , High Order Bit

  • We talks these days about energy independence, the need to get off foreign oil and are familiar with the term Carbon footprint.
  • We needto know our role in this and make energy choices that are in tune with these grandiose visions.
  • Wattzon.com is a site which has internet tools like wikis using social networking to help people make the right energy choice.
  • Griffith was curious about how much energy he used in daily life.
  • We aggregate all our activities to get this number.
  • One of the biggest uses in Griffith's life was a return trip to Sydney. His cars, cooking and taking showers the A/C he uses at work.
  • Some of it is energy the government uses on our behalf like creating roads,etc.
  • Others are laptops, bicycles,etc.
  • America uses a tenth of the total energy, Canada a little more. The US average is 11.4 Kilo watts The global average is 2200 watts.
  • The world uses 18 terra watts of power. When it comes to CO2 production, US is #1, Russia is #2 and China is #3.
  • We can only burn 3 terra watts of fossil fuels in 25 years time.
  • We need 11.5 terra watts of new energy. This is a scary concept.
  • We have 85000 terra watts Solar power, huge amount of wind and some in geothermal.
  • We must measure in watts and not in carbon.
  • To conserve the power we use we could use tools for this.
  • The wattson website is in public alpha.
  • We can choose the number of flights we take and the flight company we use.
  • We can choose our foods and personalize our diets. Being vegan reduces the power we use.
  • Other choices are commuting.
  • .The US government uses more energy than all individuals in the world combined.
  • We could ask:What is my life power in terms of light bulbs, wind turbines, pints of oil, etc.
  • So we could use this website to lessen the energy we use.

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