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Generating Energy Innovation: Disrupting the Alternatives

Joule Technologies, Makani Power, and Kite Gen are but three of a rapidly growing number of companies who are looking beyond harnessing energy from the sun and the wind as mere alternatives to conventional energy production. If we are to solve our growing energy demands through innovation, then we must be very clear on what constraints we allow to control our innovation. For years, solar and wind technologies may have represented “thinking outside the box,” but did we realize that by pursuing the goal of “green energy” we had merely moved from one raw materials supply-and-demand box to another?

If we are to be truly successful in any entrepreneurial venture, we must pursue what is referred to in several innovation methodologies as the “Ideal Final Result.” For energy generation, that means focusing our innovation on technologies such as what we have seen here. Technologies that are truly renewable, and independent of economic constraints throughout the manufacturing and delivery process.