The gross world product increased an estimated 530% in the 19th century and has increased on average by 5.3% annually from 1800 to 1900. The global wealth and grew exponentially over 3600% in the 20th century (even taking into account the damage caused by conflict) to an average of 36% per year. This amazing growth was made possible through automation, efficient use of fossil fuels, periodic replenishments quick recovery from war, and culture of mass consumption.
Then there was a major paradigm shift the slower production of wealth in the world in the late 20th century, especially in the Western world. Slowdown in recent decades has been quite significant that even with Eurasia coming online in 1990, the average annual growth of global GDP was only 2.2% annual average between 2000 and 2012.
Obviously a lot of world production unaccounted for due to the size of the black market and undeclared / no measurable activity. But for the 21st century exponentially more productive than the previous (how was 20th to 19th) and draw human 9000000000 quickly and successfully projected to significantly better life, two things must be considered. Power grids and communications operating as public services are unified. These form the foundation on which globalization may continue to evolve more evenly, smoothly and fairly.
Even with strong systems of transnational transport, markets remain fragmented if synchronous networks in different regions are disconnected from each other. Recent efforts by the US authorities and private interests (General Electric, T. Boone Pickens, etc) are promising because they are pushing for the power of the unification of North America to copy and press the European experience. On the one hand, these efforts should be needs based on economic benefit that requires us to use advanced technology to produce renewable energy spread more regularly (just look at the recent exponential growth efficiency Solar energy is finally becoming competitive ) and integrate the explosion in the sources of non-renewable fracture. On the other hand, the efforts of a superlattice US are also driven by the existential need: more frightening calamity related to regional climate and more global nature and the third part of the electrical infrastructure of the continent.
Unit SuperSmart planetary energy grid and its characteristics
Efforts to unify the largest networks of energy in the world are ongoing and largely unreported in part because of its rather mundane technical nature. Recently companies control 70% of the capacity of the power grid in the world met to discuss normalization, networking, and unification. Highly respected experts have described a possible ultimate goal of the world is just a giant room with wiring. One in which the whole family, company or country can add an outlet and in which various new energy sources can be added to a basic plug and play. All the energy in the global network sometime continuously and all expenses and major additions measured. Recent advances in high voltage circuit breakers, DC and US-funded GE Smart Grid Research allows energy to be distributed redirected properly if necessary, avoid failures indoor waterfall, facing a massive influx of energy and the flow of supplies constant average (wind / solar) and to store excess energy in the energy reservoir to feed back into the system if necessary. The emergence of a global common network before our eyes also requires the appearance of almost a “secondary Internet” to regulate the flow of energy. As we continue to hear more and more about the “Internet of the” Emerging objects, this regulation of Internet secondary energy naturally an important discussion, promotion and application factor.
To become a water-based utility in the global network of popular consciousness must become a giant oil continues “through energy” and collectively added continuously taken from.
To effectively move away from an allocation of the annual income of future cash (to be introduced to mitigate the disruptive social effects of automation) and energy consumption annual allocation, the network needs a few things:
1) A minimum of double the production of energy in the world and at least doubling the current efficiency of the energy system (energy transport and use). This quadruple the energy that the human population grows from 7 billion possible point of about $ 9 billion stabilization and maintain an annual growth rate of energy well above the annual birth rate.
2) real-time data available to the public in the system for each locality transparent energy. So if a person wants to check the real-time consumption of electricity by Chicago or Kyoto or small town in Argentina that he or she would be able to. Customizing the energy flows in a “hole” would even psychological connection to the energy that people are currently developing towards high speed (broadband across the face of such a “global broadband gap” / Wi-Fi Global is also a good complementary idea).
Energy, transport and communication are essential to the creation of a technological and social organization in the world that works. These issues are above all other questions. Even correct evolution of political institutions is not possible without considering these factors. Advances in hardcore switches for HVDC submarine cable connections allow long distance thousands of kilometers between low power consumption and powerful networks thus boosting Supergrid emergency (see current transform Europe into cable HVDC power link the right).
[Insert alarmist melodrama]: “These are all ridiculous and obvious platitudes are insurmountable political obstacles to all First is the banking cartels that have been drowning physical sector careful not to overproduce to keep rates gains Cool 100 years in the Western world. Now that the systemic sabotage system has been globalized. Moreover, even when sheets of banks withdrew from generating industry for purposes of social utility, the huge influx of energy spoke our effort to ruin our environment! ”
The panic and resignation are a certain amount of sense given the kaleidoscope full spectrum of obstacles but we must approach this using numbers.
It was estimated in 1930 that if they were demolished and rebuilt with cut peak energy efficient buildings in place all the buildings in the United States, the energy savings would break even in 20 years with the amount of energy you take any of this gigantic effort.
Nothing needs drastic happens now that solar power is becoming competitive with fossil fuels (see solar panels massive deflation) and now that China leads the global renaissance of nuclear energy. About half of nuclear power plants 60 third generation under construction in the world right now is in China and the country is on track to make a breakthrough in the economies of large scale production when it comes reactors fission. It is also noted that each successive generation of a particular industry (manufacturing cars make computers) energy efficient in terms of energy supply for the product launch. This means that the re-industrialization of the Western Hemisphere ever mentioning the pragmatic not be as exponentially more energy than we think. The environmental impact will be lower than earlier waves of industrialization and it is important to note that cleaning areas contaminated worldly goods will only be possible by machines in large-scale industrial redevelopment.
The popularity of going off the grid in North America has created advances in plug and play modular connectors for solar panels that are easy to use for the average person. This combines well with the recent rapid emergence of overcapacity in the production of solar panels and Germans to remain competitive with China through Chinese solar subsidies efforts.
It is difficult to say whether nuclear or solar hydraulic fracturing will become the main engine SuperSmart Grid appearance. What is clear is that the process towards moving at full speed, it is inevitable, and that over time we will see energy “too cheap to measure” as a whole planet has access to at least take and fill facilitate monitoring of the whole process.