“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” – Thomas A Edison.
Design thinking is the most difficult stage before innovation can take place.
Our present set of knowledge (toolbox) on natural phenomena and (renewable) energy is insufficient for a smooth transition to a whole new source and method of energy conversion and innovation.
Design thinking requires, above all other aspects, a lot of time, experience and imagination. Renewable energy requires deep research. Research is the process of ‘search’ without respect to what we think is true. ‘Re’ stands for ‘do it all over again and replace governing theories by laws of nature’.
Professor Richard Feynman stated:
“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong”.
The main difference between physicists and mechanical engineers is that physicists can maintain their theories for centuries whereas mechanical engineers are always immediately confronted with the laws of nature.
Renewable energy requires a paradigm shift!
A paradigm shift is a concept identified by the American physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn, describing the shift as a fundamental change in the basic concepts and experimental practices of a scientific discipline.
Kuhn presented his notion of a paradigm shift in his influential book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962). (Wikipedia)