SELECTED IDEAS OF BUCKMINSTER FULLER
CONCLUSION: ENERGY
WORLD ENERGY PRODUCTION, STORAGE & DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
 
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 mw/person/year.
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 MW-hrs/person/yr).                            GRID STATUS MAP
For further information see:
Earth, Inc Buckminster Fuller Anchor Press/Doubleday ??-73 p 150 & 165-8 NY USA
Energy, Earth & Everyone Medard Gabel Straight Arrow Books ??-75 p 117 CA "
"Energy Economics" Buckminster Fuller Journal of Ekistics 05-78 pp 170-1 -- Greece
Critical Path " St. Martin's Press ??-81 pp xxxii & xxxiii NY USA
"Alaska-Siberia Bridge" Gregory Pope Popular Mechanics (mag) 04-94 Cover & pp 56-8 " "
"The International Grid" staff New Scientist (mag) 7-8-95 pp 38-42 -- England
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