David Lindblom’s interest in environmental science and alternative energy stem from growing up in Los Alamos. Several years ago he volunteered to be the welder on a project to build an electric motorcycle in a night school class at UNM-LA where he learned of groundbreaking technologies for energy storage, and where the idea he now brings to the Solutions Lab originated. He is a professional filmmaker and cameraman, and worked with Martin Scorsese on “A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies,” which David cut with legendary editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
Since returning to New Mexico he has worked on “Land Water People Time,” “No Star for Romaine,” “4 Stories about Water,” “Torcida,” “Cut From Capulin” (about 100-year-old, New Mexico-raised Elmo Williams who won an Academy Award for editing “High Noon.”), and “Without A Tribe: Survival of New Mexico’s Ransomed Captives.”
David teaches film and TV at Northern and is Creative Director of Canal Seis, Northern’s TV station. He has also taught at New York University and the College of Santa Fe.
David works in Northern’s Office of Institutional Advancement which builds the school’s capacity to serve the Valley and develops innovative partnerships and projects in Northern New Mexico.
Northern New Mexico College is a Hispanic- and Native American-serving comprehensive institution that will be recognized nationally for cultural sustainability, quality student learning and developing economically strong communities among diverse populations. The mission of Northern New Mexico College is to ensure student success by providing access to affordable, community-based learning opportunities that meet the educational, cultural, and economic needs of the region.
Representing Northern New Mexico College
Year(s) Awarded: 2013
New Technology, New Experiments, New Opportunity
Seeking the earliest exploration and adoption in Northern New Mexico of a claimed world-changing energy storage technology.
Virginia Woolf famously wrote “On or about December 1910, human character changed.” She mysteriously declared the beginning of our modern world.
On the evening of October 16, 2013 human character was given a chance to change again. An engineering company in Texas announced they have created a device–a ceramic battery–that can be formed into a shape smaller than a gas tank and that can carry an electric car 300 miles. This is the breakthrough the world has been waiting for to power cars, level the grid and make wind and solar power economically viable.
After years of stealth, the inventing company, Eestor, is starting to offer glimpses of their new technology. Some say it is the holy grail; others say it’s the Cold Fusion-scandal of batteries. Soon we will know.
My project seeks to create opportunities for the people of Northern New Mexico, with our college at the center, to become the earliest and most impressive adopters. Northern New Mexico College hosts a Solar Energy Research Park and Academy, created with the intention of designing and testing new technologies and their applications. Dreaming, one can see Northern’s Career Technical Education program training local roofers in the Valley to become professional installers of wind and solar technologies. One can imagine a Lowrider building an electric Chevy. One can visualize partnerships between Northern, Los Alamos National Laboratory and others building factories to manufacture and market these new ceramic batteries, Electrical Energy Storage Units, EESUs.
This one new technology could change the world as we know it, and through efforts spearheaded here in the Valley, led by Northern, one can already imagine the artists and poets celebrating.
David’s vision as to how his community would be different if his idea were to succeed:
Time and again our region has been the epicenter of world-altering events. Civilizations were created here. The “Atomic Age” was forged in the crucible of our land. I can imagine the Valley, at the fore of developing, testing and deploying new applications of clean and renewable energy. It is not certain the particular technology I point to will succeed. But this is the moment in history that something like it surely will. The Valley, once again, has an important role to play.