Sustainable development, and technological solutions supporting it, is the driving imperative of our time. The demand for sustainable growth and development is driven by science warning us of the dangers of disturbing the Earth’s complex natural processes. This demand is further reinforced by a growing public awareness of the negative impact of human activities on the natural environment and is being increasingly supported by the realization governments to take action through their policies and programs. Our economy and society overall depend on energy in everything we do.
Sustainable development necessitates migrating from fossil fuels for energy generation to clean renewable sources of energy. Such a migration is also necessary for energy security and protection from price volatility. It is also forced by the long-term global trend of increasing energy consumption and depleting natural resources.
The complexity of centralized power grids and networks of oil and gas distribution pipelines present an increasing risk of disruption due to malfunction, malicious act, or natural disaster. The frequency and severity of such events during the last several decades is trending upwards, with the total cost of economic and human losses rising even faster. The problems of such level of complexity can be solved only with the system approach on all levels. One solution for this problem lies in implementing of an on demand distributed clean energy generation.
Vladimir Grebenyuk is a Systems Architect at Ascent Systems Technologies—a Canadian R&D company, specializing in advanced distributed energy systems, optimal control and intelligent networks. Vladimir’s experience spans from developing guidance algorithms for space vehicles and satellite communication to automated air traffic control and defense systems. For the last 10 years he has been deeply involved in the areas of energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions for various applications. Vladimir holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. He is also a Special Graduate of the Systems Architecture program from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As an industry scientist, Vladimir is engaged in the collaborative project with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and serves as an advisor for the t-Sat Program at the University of Manitoba. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.