Daniel Nocera is swimming very hard against the current of
mainstream energy research. While many scientists are figuring out how
to scale up wind, geothermal or biomass systems, Nocera is focusing on
“personalized” energy units that can be manufactured, distributed and
installed on the cheap.
His main concern lies with the increasing
energy demands of six billion people, primarily from developing
nations, who will be marching onto the world stage by 2050 and likely
doubling the planet’s energy consumption, from around 13 to 26
terawatts (that’s trillion watts). A “solution to the energy challenge
rests in providing the non-legacy (developing) world a carbon-neutral,
sustainable energy supply,” says Nocera.