Tony Seba received the 2017 Clean Energy Action Sunshine Award

Tony Seba received the 2017 Clean Energy Action Sunshine Award for his contribution in accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy.

We are proud to share the Press Release launched by the Clean Energy Action:

Boulder, CO: On the 10th Anniversary of Clean Energy Action’s founding, the 2017 CLEAN ENERGY ACTION SUNSHINE AWARD can think of no one more deserving of this honor than Mr. Tony Seba.  As the author of several books, including Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation and Solar Trillions, as an educator at Stanford University, and as a leader in business and technology, Tony Seba exemplifies the qualities we seek to recognize with this award. Mr. Seba’s work has aided the cause of sustainability immeasurably, both by shedding light on the progress that has been made and by helping to illuminate the way forward, and it is in recognition of this work that we are honored to name our friend and sustainability champion the recipient of the 2017 Clean Energy Action Sunshine Award.

At this moment, when the world is unclear whether America will remain a leader in the clean energy revolution, it is ever more important to chronicle the resolute courage and optimistic voices of our new energy economy experts and champions of sustainability. Clean Energy Action has traditionally recognized our amazing supporters and advocates for all they personally do for people and planet.  The Sunshine Award acknowledges these individuals who have made significant contributions in the dissemination of new ideas, technologies and concepts and who, like the sun, take the light and heat of human ingenuity and help it to find its way out of academic journals and laboratories and into the mainstream of our culture and economy.

Clean Energy Action was founded more than a decade ago on the principle that education and empowering community action is the key to accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy and resilient economy.  While technological and important regulatory challenges persist, the true challenge comes in mobilizing the knowledge we have at our disposal and implementing it throughout our communities and our marketplaces.

About Tony Seba: Tony Seba is the author of “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation”, “Solar Trillions” and “Winners Take All”, a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and an instructor in Entrepreneurship, Disruption and Clean Energy at Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. His work focuses on clean energy, entrepreneurship, market disruption, and the exponential technology trends, business model innovation, and product architecture innovations that are leading to the disruption of some of the world’s major industries, such as energy, transportation, infrastructure, finance, and manufacturing.

He is also a co-founder of the think tank RethinkX and co-author of the report “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030” released in May 2017.

This report was also cited by Senator Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, on the presentation of Senate Bill 213 that puts the autonomous vehicles into state law, signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 1st.  




Clean Disruption Korea Book Cover

Clean Disruption published in Korea

I’m happy to say that the Korean version of my book “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation” has been published by Kyobo Book Centre, Korea’s largest bookseller.

Here’s the link to the book on Kyobo’s website:

Clean Disruption Korea Book Cover

Clean Disruption Korea Book Cover Published by Kyobo Book Centre


I mentioned in a previous post that there has been incredible interest in the Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation in South Korea.

Clean Disruption can also be bought online at here.

I’m looking forward to the positive impact of Clean Disruption in Korea!


Clean Disruption to be Published in Korea by Kyobo Book Centre

I’m happy to say that the Korean translation of my book “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation” will be published by Kyobo Book Centre, Korea’s largest bookseller.

Seoul Korea Gwanghwamun

There has been incredible interest in the Clean Disruption in South Korea.

I’m looking forward to the publication of Clean Disruption in Korean!


Tony Seba Speaking at the Global Leaders Forum, Seoul, Korea, Nov 19th, 2014

Speaking at the Global Leaders Forum 2014 in Seoul, Korea

I had the pleasure of participating in The Global Leaders Forum 2014 in Seoul, Korea as a speaker and moderator. The main keynote speaker on day 1 (Nov 19th) Technion Professor Dan Schechtman who won the Nobel Prize in 2011 for his discovery of ‘quasicrystals’.

Technology: Creative Thinking” with four world-class thinkers and entrepreneurs:

  • William Hallal, Founder of TechCast Global and Professor at George Washington University,
  • Patri Friedman, Founder and Chair of the Seasteading Institute,
  • Daryl Oster, CEO of ET3 (Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies) and
  • Alex Min, Cofounder of Terafugia.

All their talks were fascinating and I recommend you visit these websites.

I was then interviewed by Chosun Biz, which published a story here.


J.P.Morgan TMT Conference in Asia

Keynote at J.P. Morgan Technology Conference Hong Kong

For the second time this fall I was invited by J.P.Morgan to give a keynote about the Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation.  This time,  I spoke at J.P.Morgan’s 2nd Annual “Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Asia” which took place Nov 17-18, 2014 in Hong Kong.

A noteworthy point to make is that this was a technology conference. Other speakers included:

Electric Vehicles (and Self-Driving Cars) are essentially computer tablets on wheels.

J.P.Morgan TMT Conference in Asia

Hong Kong, J.P.Morgan TMT Conference in Asia

Once you start thinking about the disruption of transportation as a technology disruption then it makes sense that technology investors, tech companies, and entrepreneurs would be interested in learning about the Clean Disruption.

Petroleum will be made obsolete by information and communication technologies just as film was made obsolete by ICT. Would a 30% or 40% cut in the price of film have prevented the disruption of the film camera industry? Not at all.

Investors are catching on to the Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation.


Keynote at AltCar Expo: 100% Electric Transportation and 100% Solar by 2030

The video of my recent keynote at the 9th annual AltCar expo and conference in Santa Monica, CA, is now available online in its entirety.

The keynote was titled “Clean Disruption: Why the U.S. will be using 100% electric transportation and 100% solar power by 2030”. It’s essentially a distillation of my book “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation”.
• All new mass-market vehicles will be electric.
• All of these vehicles will be autonomous (self-driving).
• Up to 80 per cent of parking spaces and highways will be redundant.
• Taxis as we know them will be obsolete.
• The concept of car ownership will be obsolete.
• Oil will be obsolete
• All new energy will be provided by solar and wind

Here’s the video. Enjoy!


New Zealand and the Clean Disruption of Public and Private Transportation

I recently had the opportunity to give my “Clean Disruption of Public and Private Transportation” talk in Auckland, New Zealand.  A sold-out crowd of 500 people packed the beautiful new Viaduct Events Center in the city’s vibrant Wynyard Quarter.

The talk was widely covered in both the mainstream and trade media. The New Zealand Herald, the country’s largest newspaper, interviewed me and published an article with the following headline: “2030: No Drivers, No Traffic Jams”.

Energy News also interviewed me and wrote an article titled “EVs to Dominate Global Car Market by 2030” (subscription required.)

The full video of my talk is here.Clean Disruption of Public and Private Transportation – Auckland Conversations – July 15th, 2014


Korea’s TV Chosun: the Clean Disruption and the next industrial revolution

I am featured in TV Chosun’s program about the next industrial revolution.

The show, which  aired last night in Korea focuses on Google’s Glass and its self-driving car. The interview took place in late April, so I previewed some of the findings and conclusions of the “Clean Disruption”.  For instance,when they asked me what my message to auto companies Kia and Hyundai would be, I said that the auto industry was going to be disrupted first by the electric vehicle and then by the autonomous (self-driving) car.

Furthermore, the auto industry is going to shrink massively as self-driving cars become ubiquitous. At that point the manufacturing capacity of two of the existing car companies might suffice to produce all the cars in the world. That’s a massive disruption!

The crew came to Silicon Valley in April, interviewed me and  filmed my class at Stanford.  I understand that this is the first of a 5-part series.  I can’t wait for the next four segments.

Enjoy the whole show! Or, if you just want to watch my appearances, go to the segments starting around minutes  1:00, 26:25, 34:46, 37:00, and 42:41.

Let me know what you think!


My upcoming keynote on the Disruption of Public and Private Transportation

BYD Electric Bus – Stanford Caltrain shuttle
Copyright Tony Seba (@tonyseba)

Public and private transportation will undergo a transformation over the next fifteen years that will be larger in scope than it has in a century. The tools of the industrial revolution have run out of steam and will be rapidly replaced by the tools of the information technology revolution. History tells us that the cities that lead technology disruptions are wealthier than the ones that don’t.

It’s good to see that California is again on the forefront of this disruption. I’m getting ready to give a keynote to the California League of Cities Planning Commissioners on Friday, March 28th. The title of my talk is “The Future of Transportation: Technology Mega-Trends that will soon disrupt Public and Private Transportation”.

The most visible on-the-ground manifestations of the disruption of transportation will be the electric vehicle and the self-driving car. They will bring the era of the internal combustion engine automobile and the age of oil to a screeching halt. I have written about these technologies in my upcoming book “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation” which I expect to publish by the end of April.

But technologies on wheels are not the only innovations that I will be talking about. The combination of mobile Internet and cloud technologies is already disrupting the taxi business. Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and nano-satellites will change traffic management. Cars are becoming connected and with ever-cheaper and smarter sensors they are joining the Internet of Things. The huge amounts of data that vehicles generate will help create new industries and disrupt existing ones such as the car insurance business.

The clean disruption of energy and transportation is already happening. Stay tuned for more.

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