Our transition to renewable energy is one of the biggest changes in the history of mankind (see the 5th energy revolution). So why are most of the authoritative models so tame?
SparkCity is an agent based model of a city that gets its energy from sustainable electricity. The model lets us explore and compare scenario’s to speed up this transition.
The focus of SparkCity is on individuals living in neighborhoods that use electric vehicles, heat pumps, solar panels, solar boilers, inductive cooking and insulation. The electricity grid connects them to an environment with energy from wind and solar.
I think of the transition to sustainable energy as the 5th energy revolution and it might be our biggest yet. I think it helps to put things in perspective to look at it that way and it also helps us understand that computers play a vital and as of yet underutilized role in this revolution.
“How do you make a difference?” This was the question that was asked students during the opening of the All Energy Day 2014 regarding the energy transition. Probably most of them were a little bit overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the presenter. They did not have a suitable answer right away, which resulted in silent moments with some awkwardness. Continue reading →