Biggest Future Energy Source Isn’t Oil & Gas, But Technology-Driven

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Hybrids using a combination of gasoline and electric motors will almost outnumber vehicles by 2040, Exxon predicted. The company was less sanguine that all-electric vehicles like the Tesla Motors Model and  Nissan Motors’ Leaf will become a large part of the auto market during that time due to the limits of battery technology that is keeping their costs high.

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De Silvestro launches Clean Air Energy campaign – Racer

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Sauber F1 Team Affiliate driver Simona De Silvestro and her management group are proud to launch the “Clean Air Energy” campaign. It aims to raise awareness for the importance of safe, clean, reliable and sustainable energy and its interaction with hybrid automotive technologies in order to achieve more efficient and sustainable urban mobility.

With the new Formula 1 regulations, energy recovery systems have become a far greater part of the performance equation, making 2014 the perfect time to launch an initiative that focuses on the technologies inherent in both the sport and the energy industry. The campaign aims to educate fans about the technologies used by the teams and engine suppliers while also highlighting the relevance between electricity and mobility.

 

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17 Emerging Energy Technologies That Will Change The World – Businessinsider India

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Below are technologies related to energy under three key areas of accelerating change: Storage, Smart grid and Electricity generation. Energy storage involves new, cost-effective ways of storing energy, either in improved batteries, as new fuels or other ways. A smart grid is a set of technologies that pairs information with moving electricity around, enabling more efficient generation and use of energy. Electricity generation is characterized by technologies that generate power from unused sources and that more efficiently produce electric power or fuels from sources in use today.

 

We have included predictions based on consultation with experts of when each technology will be scientifically viable (the kind of stuff that Google, governments, and universities develop), mainstream (when VCs and startups widely invest in it), and financially viable (when the technology is generally available on Kickstarter).

 

Thermal storage: Often accumulated from active solar collector or from combined heat and power plants, and transferred to insulated repositories for use later in various applications, such as space heating, domestic or process water heating.

Scientifically viable in 2022; mainstream in 2024; and financially viable in 2027.

 

Micro stirling engines: Micrometer sized power generators that transform energy into compression and expansion strokes. Could hypothetically be 3D-printed on the fly and cover entire heat-generating surfaces in order to generate power.

Scientifically viable in 2020; mainstream in 2026; and financially viable in 2027.

 

Micro-nuclear reactors: A small, sealed version of a nuclear reactor (approximately a few tens of meters in length) capable of being shipped or flown to a site. Currently able to provide 10 MW of power, plans are for 50 MW capacity in the near future.

Scientifically viable in 2022; mainstream and financially viable in 2023.

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Energy storage: The key to a smarter power grid – BBC News

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BBC News
Energy storage: The key to a smarter power grid
BBC News
Energy grids across the world are struggling to cope with a surge in demand for electricity and increasingly volatile supply from renewable power sources.

 

Energy storage and smart grids mean energy generation and distribution no longer have to be done at a national level – individual households and communities are now able control their own power, and with it the price they pay and the security of supply.

Pilot projects have already been set up in countries such as Germany, Italy, India, China, the US and the UK.

National grids evolved to take advantage of economies of scale and to avoid over-building expensive generating capacity. But the advent of small-scale renewables and energy storage technologies, together with falling generation costs, means that in some instances it makes more sense for power to be generated and stored at a more localised level.

 

Different ways to store electricityCompressed air: Air is stored and compressed, then expanded to produce electricityPumped hydro: Water is pumped uphill and released when needed to produce electricityBatteries: Many different types could be used, including lithium ion, sodium sulphur and liquid metalLiquid air: Cools air and then liquefies it, before expanding with heat to produce electricityOther technologies being explored are flywheels, pumped heat and various electromechanical systems.
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