Saul Griffith

Inventor, author, founder and scientist.

Saul Griffith is an engineer and entrepreneur specialising in clean and renewable energy technologies. Saul has founded a dozen technology companies across 20 years in Silicon Valley. Saul is the author of 3 books including `Electrify', and `The Big Switch'. Saul has recently turned his attention from Otherlab, his independent Research and Development lab, to policy work and writing, including founding Rewiring America and Rewiring Australia, non-partisan organizations dedicated to electrification and decarbonization and the associated policy and regulatory implications of meeting our climate goals.



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The Big Switch

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Thoughts, articles, papers

October 11, 2021

COP 26: Here’s the speech I’d like to hear

If I were the Australian Prime Minister, a few words to lead the world
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July 16, 2021

One Billion Machines

Decarbonization, demystified
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April 29, 2021

You Go, Joe!

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April 22, 2021

An Earth Day Climate Assessment

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January 19, 2021

If I were writing the (new!) President’s climate emergency speech

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November 24, 2020

If I were Secretary of Energy

(Warning/TLDR : You can’t fix the DOE in 1000 words)
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October 12, 2021

How we get to 100% electrical everything

The next car or appliance you buy will be in use for at least a decade. It needs to run on electricity—not fossil fuels. How can we get everyone to make that decision for their next purchase?
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September 30, 2021

13 New Books for October

This month, we’ve got our eyes on Black Food, MacArthur Park, I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness, and 10 other titles by writers from the West.
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August 25, 2021

Electrify: Kirkus Starred Book Review

Surprisingly optimistic, realistic, and persuasive.
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August 18, 2021

Are We Finally Ready to Tackle the Other Greenhouse Gas?

The smokestack of a ship might help us deal with spiking levels of methane.
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August 10, 2021

Inventor Saul Griffith Wants to Electrify Everything, Starting With Your Home

The Australian-born energy expert and creative polymath believes we can power every residence in the United States with renewable energy.
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July 16, 2021

Book Review: How to Win the War Against Climate Change — Go Electric

Instead of techno-utopian rhetoric, Electrify offers a plan with pragmatic steps to create a better environment and a stronger economy.
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About Saul

Saul Griffith is an engineer and inventor. As founder and chief scientist at Otherlab, an independent R&D lab, he helps government agencies and Fortune 500 companies understand energy infrastructure and deep decarbonization. He’s been a principal investigator and project lead on federally-funded research projects for agencies including NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-e), National Science Foundation and United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He was awarded the MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2007. He completed his PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004.

Saul is also founder and chief scientist at Rewiring America, a nonprofit dedicated to widespread electrification as a means of fighting climate change, creating jobs, making our air cleaning, and saving the future for our children.

Saul received his Ph.D. at MIT in the junction between materials science and information theory. Prior to MIT, he studied in Sydney, Australia and at UC Berkeley in metallurgical engineering. Since graduating in 2004, he has founded and co-founded numerous technology companies based in the Bay Area. These include Treau (now Gradient), Sunfolding, Roam Robotics, Fablight, Wattzon, Canvas Construction, Makani Power (acquired by Google), (acquired by Autodesk), Squid Labs, Howtoons, Optiopia, Potenco, and Stow Energy.

Saul, born in Australia, is a father of two, and a consistent champion of STEAM education (including the A for ART!).



Information and bookings

Laura Fraser

Electrify book appearances and signings

Heather Goss

Event and talk bookings

Wes Neff

Information about Rewiring America

Ellen Qualls

Press kit for journalists


The Big Switch book appearances