Oct 4, 2017 - 3min read
In Tech 5, we’re asking some of the sustainable innovators participating at WIRED Energy five quick-fire questions about the tech they like, dislike and dream of – to get a sense of where they think the future’s heading.
Inna Braverman is the co-founder and entrepreneur of Eco Wave Power – an advanced system for generating renewable energy that uses mechanical floats to convert the motion of waves into clean power, while having very little environmental impact.
Born in Ukraine and raised in Israel, Inna graduated from the University of Haifa with a degree in Political Science and English Literature. Since the installation of the first wave energy power plant in Israel’s Jaffa Port, Inna and her team have achieved international recognition, winning numerous accolades including the prestigious UN Environment Programme and Unesco Energy Globe Award.
Whether giving TED Talks or presenting her ideas at the UN Climate Summit, Inna’s commitment to clean, renewable energy through sustainable technology has marked her out as an industry leader.
Well, as the co-founder of a wave energy company, I believe that the favourite and most useful pieces of sustainable technology that I own are the wave energy power plants of Eco Wave Power in Jaffa Port (Israel) and Gibraltar. Every time we have visitors come to the power stations (governments, investors and even schools and universities) I find it very exciting to be able to share with them our revolutionary technology and vision for commercializing wave energy. In addition, it is very cool to know that someone’s TV or washing machine is working on clean electricity that is created by the EWP power stations.
I would love to have an electric car by Tesla. I find the work of Elon Musk very impressive in that regard.
You know how there are many diet/calorie count applications? When downloading such an app, the person inserts what they ate and what kind of workout they performed during that day, and in return the application notifies them how many calories they consumed vs the calories that they lost, and the person’s weight gain or loss as a result. These kinds of apps are very popular, simple to use, clear and approachable.
I believe that we need to make the same type of clear and easy-to-use application for environmental protection, where every day the app owner details how much pollution they created vs the number of environmentally friendly activities they performed (such as recycling and so on). In turn, the app will show people how much pollution they’ve caused or prevented, and the realistic consequences of human activity. I am certain that once a person understands the direct results of their activities (which could even extend to saving lives), they will become much more passionate about saving the planet and using renewables.
Bureaucracy. I think that many times good ideas don’t get supported or implemented in a timely manner because of the constraints of bureaucracy.
Well, I would like to invent something that is extremely desirable and much-needed in the renewable energy field: an electricity accumulation technology for large scale renewable energy power plants (solar, wind, tidal, wave energy and others). At the moment, all the existent accumulation technologies are either very expensive or very demanding in terms of space, and so most renewable energy technologies are forced to send their electricity to the grid in real time. As a result, some of the energy that is being produced (and then purchased by the grid operators) is not being used, and that’s a shame. Good, compact and cost-efficient accumulators will solve such a problem.