Thanks to Newton and those giants able to climb onto his mighty shoulders, who have brought nature’s laws to light, it is now possible to cocreate wonders that empower all to thrive.
This highly motivating working hypothesis was formulated while putting into practice what was learnt during an inspiring decade at Imperial researching these giant engines of discovery.
At the centre of this practice throughout the last two decades has been an ongoing series of technology development projects with leading European research institutions, such as Fraunhofer and Imperial. The challenge has been to demonstrate how the work of the giants enables all to thrive, even on our finite Earth.
Key to this endeavour has been effective utilisation of the solar resource. Though finite, our Earth continually receives it in an abundance that dwarfs our energy requirements and we could also use it to sustainably power recycling of all the scarce resources that we need to thrive.
To this end, with our many collaborators, we have developed an invaluable optical toolkit to cost-effectively optimise spectral radiance for a range of applications.
This toolkit facilitates step-changes in fields as diverse as power generation, heating, cooling, lighting, optical wireless communications and machine perception. Integration with many other advances suggests radically new approaches to sectors such as energy, water, waste, construction, agriculture, communications, transport, food and chemical processing, smart cities, medical diagnostics and even CO2 drawdown.
However, to actually cocreate wonders that could empower all to thrive may require two further developments. Firstly, the entrenched consequences of our earlier misconceptions of nature’s laws, which continue to severely limit us, may also now need to be brought to light. Secondly, the laws by which things come to be, may require to be reformulated to facilitate our using them to bring things to be.
Emails to Barry@BarryClive.com would be particularly welcome from those interested in the working hypothesis above.