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? You can take part from 24th April to 12th May, joining experts in living systems design and biomimicry, such as Michael Pawlyn and Bill Reed, as well as corporate energy users, community energy and local authority representatives, and others inspired to explore with us.

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.

SmartestEnergy - the UK's leading purchaser of independent generation and supplier of renewable energy - is supporting the Living Grid to run this Explorer, to find out what we can learn from living ecosystems to make our power grids more efficient, resilient and perfectly adapted for renewable energy.

If this sparks your curiosity, we’d love you to participate so that we can learn and make discoveries together. Over the next three weeks we’ll be exploring the following themes:

           Week 1: What can human systems learn from rest of life on Earth?

Week 2. How would nature redesign our energy system?

Week 3. How can energy users behave less like consumers in a market and more like organisms in an ecosystem?

Join the weekly discussions, spot your own signals of change, and send us articles or links.

Welcome! You’ve entered a global online conversation asking: How we might design an energy system that can continuously renew itself? You can take part from 24th April to 12th May, joining experts in living systems design and biomimicry, such as Michael Pawlyn and Bill Reed, as well as corporate energy users, community energy and local authority representatives, and others inspired to explore with us.

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.

SmartestEnergy - the UK's leading purchaser of independent generation and supplier of renewable energy - is supporting the Living Grid to run this Explorer, to find out what we can learn from living ecosystems to make our power grids more efficient, resilient and perfectly adapted for renewable energy.

If this sparks your curiosity, we’d love you to participate so that we can learn and make discoveries together. Over the next three weeks we’ll be exploring the following themes:

           Week 1: What can human systems learn from rest of life on Earth?

Week 2. How would nature redesign our energy system?

Week 3. How can energy users behave less like consumers in a market and more like organisms in an ecosystem?

Join the weekly discussions, spot your own signals of change, and send us articles or links.

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