ENERGY COSTS

It is all too easy to make flashy multimedia presentations showing a world that has broken away from it's dependance on fossil fuels and nuclear power which are considered to be non-renewables. However, there are people who are discussing the costs that will be involved. Are we talking about millions, billions or trillions? What kind of money will be necessary to bring us to the goals that some would like achieve in a certain time period? Who is going to pay for this and how are they going to pay for it? This site is not really about facts and figures but more to do with broadening our understanding of smart ideas. Although many of the renewables are considered to be "free sources of energy" there are also costs involved in developing infrastructure to exploit these renewables. It would not be smart to ignore the fact that whatever we plan to do involves costing. Estimating, planning , budgeting and managing finances is definitely going to be  a topic in a Smart Arena because we are living in a competitive world and those who manage to produce low cost energy that is made easily available will most likely be ahead of the game.



    



It becomes clear that we will probably not be discarding traditional methods of obtaining energy anytime soon and it is probably a Smart Idea for those who are interested in alternative energy to also be interested in energy related engineering and science. Some people also believe that serious investments need to be made into Physical Science and Engineering.  Of course it would seem that a smart idea for investing in the future would also be to invest in the younger generation and encourage more people to specialize in scientific and engineering disciplines but also to be educated in such a manner that a broad (or rather smart) approach is taken and that team work is encouraged. A future world of technically competent individuals who are willing to cooperate internationally and work as a team is a smart idea as well. Teamwork is extremely important since it is not possible for one individual to possess all the technical disciples and experience necessary to successfully carry out projects on a massive scale. Difficult  Projects will also require individuals who are experienced in the business aspects of those projects to work together with technical consultants. If you are a young person and you are now reading this, you might find the following media presentation inspiring. Who knows? You might be involved in these issues during the next few decades




    



Some engineers have become engineers because of good examples they have seen in others. Engineering has many aspects to it and involves several disciplines such as chemical engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, industrial, environmental, mechanics, computer science, aerospace, robotics, instrumentation and so on..but although engineers might be specialists in one particular field of study and operation there should be a common denominator that defines the engineer in general. It would also be smart for specialists to broaden their understanding of the many facets of engineering and science simply because some of the work needed to be done in future might require excellence in more than just one field. Some engineers have also opted to try and understand business because engineering projects require finance , good budgeting, planning and keeping to schedules. Of course we have not covered all of what is going to be required but broadening our understanding never hurt anyone. It is a smart idea to invest in people for the future who will not only be technically competent but also level headed individuals able to grasp the wider implications of their group activities.