A widely published authority in the field of energy security and technology, Dr. Tomas Diaz de la Rubia has remained closely involved with both public and private research sectors for several years, culminating in a directorship of Deloitte Consulting in 2013. As an advisor to the Advanced Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness initiative of the Council on Competitiveness, Dr. Tomas Diaz de la Rubia also lends his insight into public policy regarding the U.S. energy market.
Established in 2013 as a three-year joint effort between the Council on Competitiveness and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the Second Annual AEMC Summit brought together individual and corporate leaders to bolster clean energy infrastructure and productivity. Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz served as a keynote speaker, and directed attention to one significant innovation in the automotive industry: the first-ever 3D-printed electric car.
Designed by Michele Anoé and supported by crowdfunding, the vehicle was printed out of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic in just 44 hours by Phoenix-based Local Motors. Dubbed the Strati, the two-seater is capable of speeds up to 50 mph with a range of approximately 62 miles, and is nearly 100 percent recyclable. Although it is not prepared to disrupt the traditional automotive market, Moniz notes that it is illustrative of the innovative cost-cutting applications of modern technology necessary to meet the AEMC’s broader goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030.