Re: Solar power

Anders Sandberg (
07 Jul 1999 16:03:55 +0200

"O'Regan, Emlyn" <> writes:

> It's just come to mind that I remember mention of an idea some time ago, to
> extend the national electricity grids into a huge world-wide power grid,
> which might sort out fluctuations in supply around the world, make solar
> power more feasible (the sun's shining somewhere), and create a global
> electricity market where the countries best placed to produce power would be
> able to do it. I think it was also supposed to create a magical fairyland
> where cats and dogs lived together in peace.

I think it was Buckminster Fuller's World Energy Grid idea, there is likely much more about it on Fuller-related websites. I don't know about the fairyland part, but he did point out that this kind of international trade/networking would make wars less profitable.

Of course, global energy networks might become unstable due to speculations.

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