Time for a new Mother of All Demos: Channeling the Stimulus, ARPA-E and Energy Frontier Research Centers

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Things are almost happening too fast in the realm of the US clean energy and energy efficiency, as a new landscape for the green economy is taking shape.

Looking like the early days of the Internet...

Doug Engelbart in 1968, transmitted live in sound and vision, via a predecessor to ARPANET

Stimulus funding is now flowing out the US Department of Energy (DOE) door, according to Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor on Expediting Funding for the DOE, $3.2 billion out of $32.7 billion in checks have been written; $17.6 billion in applications are open for solicitations.

The action never stops:

DOE announced Friday ARPA-E; think of it as the energy innovation equivalent of the Department of Defense's DARPA. DARPA, founded in 1958, provided ARPANET, the communication and software backbone that became the Internet.

Graduating student Marc Andreessen took the Mosaic web browser technology out of a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign lab--one of the major ARPANET nodes (and my alma mater). Andreessen went to the Bay Area in 1993 and commercialized the code as Netscape Navigator in 1994, and the modern Internet was realized.

ARPA-E is an "advanced research projects agency," accepting cutting edge energy ideas May 12 through June 2. They are looking for white papers with solicitations in the range of one half to ten million dollars and they have $400 million to give out in their first round.

Another announcement from the White House last week: $777 million is being made available over five years in new funding for the creation of the DOE's Energy Frontier Research Centers at Arizona State, Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, national DOE laboratories and dozens of other locations, including one public facility--a GE global research lab in Niskayuna, New York.

Will this lab become the next XeroxParc and provide the energy equivalents of the computer mouse, hypertext and Graphical User Interface?

I'm still waiting for the Smart Grid version of the famous Mother of All Demos. (You Tube video of Doug Engelbart starring in Dec. 1968 demo)

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Warren Karlenzig, Common Current founder and president, has worked with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (lead co-author United Nations Shanghai Manual: A Guide to Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century, 2011); United Nations Center for Regional Development (training of mayors from 13 Asian nations on city sustainable economic development and technology); provinces of Guizhou and Guangdong, China (urban sustainability master planning and green city standards); the United States White House and Environmental Protection Agency (Eco-Industrial Park planning and Industrial Ecology primer); the nation of South Korea ("New Cities Green Metrics"); The European Union ("Green and Connected Cities Initiative"); the State of California ("Comprehensive Recycling Communities" and "Sustainable Community Plans"); major cities; and the world's largest corporations developing policy, strategy, financing and critical operational capacities for 20 years.

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