This project was conceived and developed by Rajan Gupta and Harihar Shankar. Dr. Gupta is a fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory and a theoretical High Energy physicist. Harihar Shankar is a Research and Development Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The implementation of the database and web interface was done in collaboration with Monika Bittman, Linn Collins, David Daniel, Fernando Gonzalez, Parthiban Jayabal, Katherine Norskog, Ratheeshprabhu Rajendran and Aswin Venkata. This project is supported by a much larger and growing group of collaborators who have a deep interest in global development and in the energy-development-environment-climate challenge. Our belief that complex systems, that are driven by highly leveraged social, political, economic, environmental, technology and resource availability factors, require informed public participation for transformational change motivates us to support this site and data bases. Our hope is that open source information and analysis will lead to trust and transparency through informed discussion that will result in responsible action. Our goal is to help accelerate all three aspects of the global energy challenge
Access to cheap carbon-neutral energy is essential for human development, management of the environment, and for sustaining modern industrial societies. Along with clean water, health care and education, the need for environmentally friendly carbon neutral energy that all peoples of the world can access is urgent. The existing energy infrastructure is enormous and extremely complex. Information on it is fragmented, incomplete, conflicting and often proprietary. Even as trained scientists we have found it very difficult to get our arms around the challenges, much less develop strategies for enlarging the current energy systems in environmentally responsible and carbon neutral ways. As a first step towards better understanding of the challenges facing us we are providing geo-spatially referenced information on the current system. Our goal is to to carry out analyses of possible scenarios for development by engaging the experts and the public simultaneously.
We believe that to transition a system as complex as the coupled energy, water, environment and climate systems, each of which have multiple social, political, economic, resource and technology drivers, to a carbon-neutral, environmentally responsible one requires millions of people thinking and making contributions.