Book Review: clean Disruption of energy and transport by Tony Seba

Here’s an interesting book that argues that the clean Energy disruption has already started and will be swift.

We Still have Years of Oil (Coal, Gas, Uranium) Left

Author Tony Seba says that it’s irrelevant that there is years of fossil fuels left. The stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stone. Something better came along (bronze). also the world broad web wasn’t born out of a shortage of paper for books.

He believes Silicon Valley will make Nuclear, natural Gas, Coal, electrical power Utilities and conventional cars obsolete by 2030.

Happening Faster, getting Cheaper

Sebo postulates that the three prongs, electric vehicles, solar power and autonomous cars are pushing each others development and accelerating the disruption.

It took twelve years to reach 50 million laptops, seven years to reach 50 millions smartphones and just two years to reach 50 million tablets

Sebo also believes electric cars are subject to Moore’s law, approving at an annual rate of over 40%, that results in compound exponential growth.

Energy and transportation as we know it today will be history by 2030

Large centralised energy is on its way out, being replaced by modular, distributed alternative…

Australians went from hardly any residentail solar to one million installations in about four years

The cost of solar panels dropped by a element of 154 between 1970 and 2012 ($100/W to $0.65/W). Oil has become 35 times much more expensive during the same period, implying solar has improved price in relation to oil by 5,355 times. 2017 prices are around $0.33/W¹.


Utility scale storage services like Solar Salt Batteries have made powering homes 24/7 from sunlight a reality. This change has some cool examples like this one…

…the South Pacific island nation of Tokelau became the first country in the world to go 100 percent solar. spread over three atolls, Tokelau’s solar PV is stored in battery banks for use at night. Tokelau made the transition from 100 percent powered by diesel to 100 percent powered by solar in less than one year.


while numerous of us may have our own solar panels now or in the future, wind generation is still much more of a utility scale proposition.


Even much more outstanding when you realise that this book was published in 2014, so already numerous of the figures quoted have been surpassed.

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clean Disruption of energy and Transportation: how Silicon Valley will Make Oil, Nuclear, natural Gas, Coal, electric Utilities and conventional cars Obsolete by 2030

Amazon Kindle Edition
Seba, Tony (Author)
English (Publication Language)


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Is it overly optimistic? Here’s an hour long video presentation from Tony Seba on Clean Disruption of energy and transportation setting out his vision…

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