The subject of climate change is highly controversial. The need to grow the earth’s energy generation capability in the most efficient, cost effective manner possible is not.
Over the next few decades, enormous amounts of capital will be invested to upgrade and expand the energy capacity of the world’s developing economies. Major developed nations have pledged financing to assist in achieving this goal in the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly ways possible.
An easy to use interactive tool is needed to educate planners and policy makers in taking into account the priorities and trade-offs country by country and project by project. Existing models are either too rigid or too opaque to allow easy modification, or fail to adequately take into account the economic variables of competing alternatives.
Novim’s Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project has constructed a transparent, easily accessible database that merges and normalizes all of the major existing global surface temperature data going back to 1800. A unique mobile application for iPhone and iPad allows researchers and the public at large graphical access to this powerful data set.
Novim is working with the Environmental Capital Group of Grass Valley, California to construct yet another specialized digital tool, this time focusing on energy investment choices in the countries that are the fastest growing consumers of energy. For a given dollar outlay, or investment strategy, it would demonstrate how to maximize energy efficiency, and minimize carbon emissions using current technologies and existing or new infrastructure.