The energy sector is the largest industry in the world and lifeline of all social and economic activity.
In various forms it touches every person on the planet and every aspect of life. We cannot talk about the future without focusing on the future of energy.
And when we look forward to 2020, 2030 and 2050 demand continues to expand as global energy consumption doubles in only a few decades. The accelerated growth in demand must be met with disruptive changes to the energy sector.
There is simply no way to incrementally improve output and meet global expectations for reducing emissions that have a negative impact on the planet’s ecosystems.
Today, the world’s energy production (around 15 tera-watts per year) is fueled by traditional hydrocarbons (coal, oil, and natural gas) and electricity as the most valuable energy carrier.
This mix is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, but what disruptions might emerge to reshape how we look at energy as we double to 30 tera-watts in only a few decades?
What ideas should be included in any conversation about the future of energy?
The Energy Roadmap.com focuses on accelerating changes from science, applied engineering and business models that have an impact on energy systems.In the next thirty years as the industry doubles in size, new ideas are going to shape the future and could become everyday realities based on a few big ideas:
Our energy forecasts and roadmaps explore key questions related to:
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