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What (Watt) We Need to Know to Reduce /Eavis, Sid/Paper/0980333022/S028-B
Sid Eavis was born in England at the outset of World War 2 and completed secondary and tertiary education as well as an engineering apprenticeship. During this period the developing world moved toward a central generating authority located close to coal mines and water, and it was around these areas that industry developed as major consumers, creating what we refer to as "base load". Subsequently these areas also developed significant domestic electricity demand. Whereas this development served the industrial/domestic growth in the first half of the 20th century, technology and science has changed in the second half. Sid recognizes this model needs to be revisited in the light of current technology. At least one element not considered during this early development was global warming, which can no longer be denied.
Sid studied engineering and became a designer of specialized power generating systems. There has been innovative design and technology, especially towards the end of the 20th century, except the characteristics of power consumption have not changed. We have yet to embrace these new technologies in the light of the central power generation issue. We all create a "carbon footprint" as consumers and Sid identifies the manner in which we can contribute to the solution instead of the problem.
He and his family immigrated to Australia in 1970. Sid and his wife Jenny live in Balgowlah, Sydney Australia, and have four children and five grandchildren.