Ideapod – Solar Energy

Solar Energy From Space

These numbers are not accurate.
It is not stable to restrict people to poverty.
Everyone needs to have high basic standard of living.

The actual energy requirements to bring every person on the planet to a standard of living that we would consider a high basic standard of living, and leave 50% of the land in a natural state, would use 30% of the remaining energy available.

We could bring a high modern standard of living to about 20 Billion people without impinging on the ocean.

If we start to seriously modify the ocean, then we could support about 70 billion people on this planet – at a standard of living any of us would consider reasonable.

Beaming in more energy isn’t necessarily a great idea – maintaining heat balance is hard enough already (think global warming). Doing heavy engineering in space by remote might be a good idea. Building orbital habitats is almost certainly a great idea. Coal would be a great source of carbon and hydrogen, to make water and life.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
This entry was posted in Our Future, Technology and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comment and critique welcome

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s