View Talk: “Small vs. Large Scale Generation

Derek Neufeld, 2015 —

Five Questions with Derek Neufeld

derek-neufeld-1What motivates you?

I love helping people find sustainable and efficient solutions to their problems.

What do you do for a living, and why?

I design turbines that capture energy from flowing water and convert that energy into electricity in order to supply power in regions that would otherwise not have access to electricity.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Why are you excited to speak at TEDxWinnipeg?

I believe that sustainable energy security is one of the largest global issues of our generation. Furthermore, I do not believe that this issue is going to be solved in seclusion, so I am excided for the opportunity that TEDxWinnipeg will provide to present my take on the approach that should be used to address this global issue.

What is your idea worth spreading?

I believe that in order to meet our future global energy needs in a reliable, economical and sustainable way, we must look to small scale distributed electricity generation instead of large scale centralized generation.

What’s your connection to Manitoba?

I was born and raised in Winnipeg, and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U of M in 2011. After moving to Calgary I began working with hydro-kinetic turbines. This work has brought me back to Manitoba to work at the U of M’s turbine test centre amongst other locations around the globe.

An Idea Worth Spreading

In order to meet our future global energy needs in a reliable, economical and sustainable way, we must look to small scale distributed electricity generation instead of large scale centralized generation.