Good Green Tech Readings


(T) While I wrote on that blog that I would like to see more from both Stanford and UC Berkeley as the engines of knowledge in Green-Tech for Silicon Valley, I have enjoyed over the last year listening, reading and learning from Professor Gerritsen from Stanford University and Professor Muller from UC Berkeley.

I had the chance to listen to Professor Gerritsen’s talk “State of energy address? Are we are on the right track?” on July 23rd at the Cantor Museum of Art at Stanford and Professor Muller’s talk “Physics for future presidents” at Kepler’s bookstore in Menlo Park last summer.

My next three blog articles are based on both of those talks.

Professor Gerritsen is a faculty member in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, a researcher developing new tools to enhance production of existing oil and gas reservoirs in an environmentally friendly way and a teacher in energy resources, fluid dynamics, and computational mathematics. In addition, Professor Gerristen is leading Smart Energy a non-profitable organization dedicated to discussing new energy technologies and policies.

Professor Muller is a physic professor at UC Berkeley, a researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the author of “Physics for Future Presidents”.

Besides reading Professor Gerritsen and Muller, I have read, re-read and re-re-read “Common Wealth Economics for a Crowded Planet” from Professor Sachs director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and an advisor to the United Nations.

While Gerristen’s expertise is mostly in Oil and Solar energy, Muller is a physicist that can explain us the fundamentals of energy and global warming, Sachs articulates the economic challenges for the 21 century: economic growth with environmental sustainability without any poverty traps!

And last if you have only the time to read, one Green-Tech blog, of course besides A Silicon Valley Insider, I recommend reading Green Tech from CNET.

Note: The picture above is a hummingbird enjoying one of my flowers in my garden. As noted by Professor Muller the hummingbird “uses enormous energy to flap its wings just to sip a tiny amount of nectar”.

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