Growing awareness around the impacts of climate change has propelled a rapid movement towards adopting fully renewable, emissions-free energy supply. The pathway to the sustainable energy transition, however, is not without obstacles. The volatile and difficult to predict nature of renewable energy sources makes it difficult to match supply with demand and maintain grid stability. Rapid upscaling of renewable generation systems and the electrification of heating and mobility is causing immense challenges due to growing grid congestion within regional electricity networks. Many buildings, including those with modern technology, are a cause of huge energy waste, largely due to suboptimal performance of heating, ventilation, and cooling systems. These are some of the key challenges which our team is working to solve every day. As part of a new breed of impact-driven organizations, Spectral’s mission is to accelerate the transition to 100% sustainable energy supply.
We believe that one of the most urgent issues is to solve the challenges for providing for our energy needs in a sustainable way. Not only is access to energy essential for high quality of life, but virtually everything is reliant on an input of energy. Our entire global socio-economic eco-system has been built upon a foundation of fossil fuels – everything from growing food to resource extraction and water purification. Leveraging the full potential of the nearly unlimited supply of energy from renewable sources is the first step towards dealing with the rest of the systemic challenges we’ve encountered. That is why Spectral has chosen to begin with tackling the obstacles we face in transitioning the global energy sector towards 100% sustainable energy supply.
Spectral is a spin-off of Metabolic – our sister company and global knowledge leader in sustainability and the circular economy. Metabolic’s core activities center around sustainability consulting and venture building, and in 2015 Spectral was set up to focus on tackling the challenges we face in the sustainable energy transition. Having started with just a small crew of three at the end of 2015, our greatest achievement is bringing together the awesome team of Spectralites who have joined us to pursue our common mission – and we’re just getting started!
Our long-term vision is to develop scalable solutions that will revolutionize the way we provide for all of our core resources, focusing on the key areas needed for leading a healthy and fruitful life: energy, water, sanitation, food, shelter, and resource recovery. As our global population expands, the demand for energy and natural resources increases with it, putting more pressure on our already stressed planetary boundaries. It is visible across the board – from marine life and aquifers, to oil supplies and rare earth metals – we are rapidly depleting these finite resources and polluting our environment at alarming rates. As global supply chains become increasingly volatile and centralized systems are further strained, the number of people without adequate resource provision will continue to grow. Solving all of the challenges we face around resource security is a highly ambitious and long-term mission. The most we can do is to contribute our full efforts to help overcome the obstacles we face on our journey towards a sustainable future.