Published on October 28th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Most Disruptive Cleantech Model Is…

October 28th, 2013 by  

As some of you may remember, I posted a poll last month asking what you all thought was the most disruptive cleantech model. (Note: I used model very loosely here, and you could basically just change that out for “thing” or “solution” if you wanted to.) Interestingly, my answer (which I stand by very firmly) didn’t come out on top. I voted for feed-in tariffs (FiTs) because they have driven the majority of installed solar power capacity and the majority of wind power capacity around the world, and have thus been instrumental in driving down solar and wind technology costs, growing the industries even much further. Basically, I see FiTs as the instrumental spark that set the clean energy revolution in motion (well, if you don’t count the global warming crisis that is most responsible for sparking the FiTs).

The answers were actually very spread out, and there were 25 “Other” answers added as well, almost all of which were unique. Below is a chart of the results, followed by a straight list of the “Other” responses.

most disruptive cleantech model

Below are the other responses. Notably, two people put “Tesla,” which if applied to “Model S + X + E” (i.e., Tesla’s mass-market vehicles) would actually barely bump that answer above FiTs.

  • resource recovery using software process optimization
  • Tesla, anyway that you can take on the Nation’s/World’s biggest PACs of Governments: Oil/Gas Automotive
  • Hungry people – caused by the failed industrial military war complex… – in other words, the banks and corporations that only profit the rich elite, the so called 1 % thus I promote The Venus Project. A Resource Based Economy
  • Tesla
  • Geoclimatic Energy
  • Cooperatively-Owned Community-Scale Microgrids
  • Fracking natural gas
  • Subsidized Credit Line
  • Brand new, dominant technology, which is almost invented.
  • Insulation
  • Large Scale Energy Storage
  • Plug and play roof modules for homeowners
  • litigateion fund to sue nuclear and carbon polluters to unsettle big lenders.
  • The number and quality of Ph’Ds going into clean technology
  • Lithium Sulfur batteries in combination with Graphene supercapacitors + an optional Metal-air battery for long distance travel
  • Liquid thorium molten salt nuclear reactors for heavy lifting baseload, solar and wind CAES for both baseload and innermediate load in the right areas, natural gas powered trucks and fleet vehichles and electric trains for mass transit and electric cars for commutes.
  • Battery stored solar
  • Community Solar
  • ground source heat pump leasing
  • LENR – Cold Fusion (cheap, very high energy density, very low use of land and water, very clean)
  • the 12 Worst Nuclear Disasters
  • Demand Response and storage,
  • both a & c
  • Google’s Makani Power

I was very loose with my use of the term “model,” but I’m happy to see that others decided to loosen it up even more so. It was interesting seeing what people thought were the biggest cleantech-related things moving the world forward. While we are still far from solving the key crises we face, it is amazing to see how much progress is being made and how many different solutions (or potential solutions) are out there.

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  • Paul Maher

    That is if ZPE never comes to the front. Didn’t mean to say a confusing thing.

  • juxx0r

    Solar grid parity is the most disruptive, funding becomes a non issue at and below that point. However education about this becomes a limiting factor.

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