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Radical ideas to change the energy sector wanted

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 13 October 2010 at 12:22 pm

Have you ever had an idea about how we could do things better? Well now's your chance to feed-in to what the future of energy generation, distribution, storage and use might look like.

Ideas tend to come when your mind's not on them. When you're out for a walk, having a shower, cooking the tea. Not when you're sitting at your desk in a big multinational.

Our energy sector is dominated by a few large companies, with a centralised, capital-intensive system. So it's not entirely suprising that radical new ways of thinking about low-carbon energy aren't flowing out at the rate we need them to if we're going to meet our ambitious targets for carbon reduction.

Thanks to Forum for the Future and the Tellus Mater Foundation, you can now give those ideas you might previously have dismissed as impossible or impractical an airing - and see if others agree. Just add your idea to Gatecrashing the UK Energy Sector before 15 October 2010. And if you don't have an idea of your own you can comment on and vote for other people's ideas.

After the closing date, teams will be formed to work up the most promising ideas into concrete proposals and prototypes will be showcased to UK business leaders and government at an event in January 2011. The winning teams stand to win £4,000 to develop their ideas further.

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