04 Apr '17, 12pm

Rethinking the Future of Sustainability: The Power of a Global Super Grid

Rethinking the Future of Sustainability: The Power of a Global Super Grid

In 1938, Buckminster Fuller envisioned a global electrical energy grid that would allow the integration of renewable resources located in different locations to meet the energy needs of the world. In 1960, Buckminster saw that the energy needs could be transferred cost effectively at a distance of about 1,500 miles. In the traditional Dymaxion Map in folded form, he showed the world to be one huge island contained in one world ocean. In his view, an electric grid that connected everybody would alleviate international disputes and the new economic basis wouldn’t be gold or dollars, but rather kilowatt-hours. In the late 1950s, the Gotland HVDC project was a first, and saw the deployment of a 90-km submarine cable transporting 20 MW. Over time, HVDC technology has improved, and now it is used for interconnecting power grids.

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