|As far back as 1955
Fuller envisioned a comprehensive global system of energy production
distribution that would be the physical basis for mankind's future prosperity.
|He calculated that for
everyone to have a "bare maximum" (decent) standard of living would require at
least 40 megawatt-hrs/person/year.
|The world presently produces
about 20 megawatt-hrs/person/year of which about 90% comes from non-renewable sources
which are estimated to be used up within the next 20 years or so.
|However, 16 different types of
renewable energy sources could produce 10 times as much energy as we have now or 200
|These renewable resources
could be fed into a global distribution system that would be capable of handling both
east-west (daily) & north-south (monthly) fluctuations in demand.
|He also proposed a global
system of high mountain, pumped-storage lakes to act as "batteries" to store
surplus energy & release it when needed.
|With such a global energy
generation and distribution system many economies of scale (savings) would be realized.
|He pointed out that
development could take place in stages over a 50-year period with an ultimate goal of at
least 1,000 times as much energy as the world has now (or 20,000