Smells Like Green Spirit
If a green energy revolution is brewing, it will be the students and twenty-somethings who fire the engines of innovation, rather than today's dominant companies. That was the consensus, anyway, of the roughly 550 researchers, students, entrepreneurs, CEOs and financiers gathered here last week.
Energy 2.0: The MIT Energy Conference, which took place Friday and Saturday, pushed what keynote speaker Daniel Yergin called "a great bubbling." Presentations ranged from algae-powered solar cells to corn-powered homes.
"High prices have revolutionized the energy scene and launched an era of innovation that could come to rival the internet boom," Yergin wrote in a December Newsweek article.
"Energy is unquestionably the challenge of this era," said Susan Hockfield, MIT's president Susan Hockfield. "And there is absolutely no question in my mind that the most productive source of new ideas and approaches is today's young people." She speculated that no matter how the energy problems of tomorrow are solved, some of the key people to unravel them were probably attending the conference.