Energy Crisis - Is Innovation required?
Energy crisis is an issue troubling every nation of this world. In such a scenario, India
needs to focus on indigenous solutions. To survive in this era of globalization and reckless
depletion of resources, sustainability is the only way forward.
Possibility of innovation can never be foreclosed, however efficiently we may use existing technologies. Humans will constantly evolve both on the biological and the technological scale; therefore in the global as well as national context we need to INNOVATE.
I firmly believe that we cannot solve our energy problems with existing technologies and thereby we need new innovations.
Existing technologies are tailor-made to distribute conventional resources but to tap the unconventional ones we need novel technology. Energy should not be hegemony of metropolis or the super nations of the world, only when it is accessible to all, the need for innovation would be fulfilled. But sadly, it’s not true as India imports nearly 80% of its oil and still finds it difficult to meet its overgrowing demands.
Probably, the solution lies in indigenous, affordable and easy to access technology. Let me elucidate, harnessing biomass in the form of lantana from the forests of Uttarkhand or growing weeds like babul would reduce our dependence on oil imports. With innovation in technology natural gas from oil wells in Assam can be exploited.
Technology to transform the SLUM should be the driving idea of future innovation. But due to our conventional thinking and recoverable coal reserves, we have still not explored our geothermal provinces which have a capacity to produce 10,600 MW of power. We have thorium in opulence and must direct our financial and technological prowess towards enriching it more efficiently.
Ironically, in the Indian context, management is conspicuous by its absence, resulting in great environmental costs with little energy gained. That’s why India is already sixth largest and second fastest growing contributor to greenhouse gases. But the question remains whether the countries those are able to efficiently manage the existing technologies need to innovate…………..? Yes, they need it for SUSTAINABILITY.
“The use of solar energy has not opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.” quotes Ralph Nader. But I thank god for it or else US would even get a patent on the sun and we would have to suffice with buying energy. And the power shortage in India which in next five years is estimated to be about 43,000 MW would continue to increase…………..