Living grid: energy inspired by life

Welcome! You’ve entered a global online conversation asking: How we might design an energy system that can continuously renew itself? SmartestEnergy and Forum for the Future hosted a live conversation from 24th April to 24th May 2017, where experts in living systems design and energy demand management, corporate energy users, community energy and local authority representatives, contributed thoughts and examples of how we can make our energy system more ‘alive’.

The Living Grid is a community of people and organisations who believe we need to look beyond technological innovation if we’re going to decarbonise our electricity network. We need to make our lifeless grid more interactive and able to flex in response to ebbs and flows of renewable energy, so that it behaves like a living system. If we can change the dynamics of the system - not just its individual parts - we will have a better chance of generating, storing and delivering electricity in ways that serve the interests of citizens. Members of our community are already experimenting with these dynamics to empower users, drawing on smart technologies that promote interaction.

If this sparks your curiosity, we’d love you to contribute on the following themes:

What can human systems learn from rest of life on Earth?

How would nature design our energy system?

How can we behave less like consumers in an energy market and more like organisms in an ecosystem?

Forum for the Future is using this site to inform the next stage of the Living Grid. As part of this, we’re continuing to develop the concept of an energy system inspired by life. You can keep track and chip-in using #livinggrid on Twitter. To find out more or to understand how you can get involved in the Living Grid project get in touch with Gemma Adams or Heidi Hauf.

Welcome! You’ve entered a global online conversation asking: How we might design an energy system that can continuously renew itself? SmartestEnergy and Forum for the Future hosted a live conversation from 24th April to 24th May 2017, where experts in living systems design and energy demand management, corporate energy users, community energy and local authority representatives, contributed thoughts and examples of how we can make our energy system more ‘alive’.

The Living Grid is a community of people and organisations who believe we need to look beyond technological innovation if we’re going to decarbonise our electricity network. We need to make our lifeless grid more interactive and able to flex in response to ebbs and flows of renewable energy, so that it behaves like a living system. If we can change the dynamics of the system - not just its individual parts - we will have a better chance of generating, storing and delivering electricity in ways that serve the interests of citizens. Members of our community are already experimenting with these dynamics to empower users, drawing on smart technologies that promote interaction.

If this sparks your curiosity, we’d love you to contribute on the following themes:

What can human systems learn from rest of life on Earth?

How would nature design our energy system?

How can we behave less like consumers in an energy market and more like organisms in an ecosystem?

Forum for the Future is using this site to inform the next stage of the Living Grid. As part of this, we’re continuing to develop the concept of an energy system inspired by life. You can keep track and chip-in using #livinggrid on Twitter. To find out more or to understand how you can get involved in the Living Grid project get in touch with Gemma Adams or Heidi Hauf.

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