About Smart Energy

Smart Energy: Technologies and ideas to power the world safely and efficiently

6 billion 600 million
That’s how many people live on earth today.

9 billion 200 million
That’s the world population forecast for the year 2050 (UN 2006 revision).

This population increase will be primarily in the less developed nations. Not only is our population growing, but the demand for energy in the less developed world is growing at an unprecedented rate.

It’s clear and it’s daunting: we live in an increasingly energy-hungry world.

How do we meet this rising demand without inflicting permanent damage to the fragile environment that supports our life on earth? What’s the latest science? What should governments do? What can individuals do?

Smart Energy answers these questions through interviews with the Whos Who in the energy world: the world’s leading scientists and engineers, investors and policy makers.
The men and women featured on Smart Energy will explain new ideas and new technologies, from wind, solar, tidal energy and other renewables to fossil fuels to solutions for transport.

In addition to technology, Smart Energy will sift through the often conflicting and politically biased information presented in traditional media, especially concerning energy resources and policy.

Join us on SmartEnergy, where the energy solutions for tomorrow are analyzed today.

About Margot

Margot Gerritsen is a professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. She works with her colleagues on new technologies to help satisfy the world’s energy demands. Her areas of expertise include computer simulation of fluid flow processes, energy processes, and coastal ocean dynamics. She has a wide variety of interests including sail design, paleontology, and mathematics, but also literature, music and sports.

Margot thoroughly enjoys teaching in many areas including computational and mathematical engineering, energy resources and physics. She regularly advises NGOs and VCs on energy issues.

Margot earned an MSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands, and a PhD in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford. Before coming back to Stanford, she held a faculty position at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.