This special interest group is for professionals to connect and discuss all types of carbon-free power alternatives, including nuclear, renewable, tidal and more.


You need to be a member of Energy Central to access some features and content. Please or register to continue.

Podcast / Audio

Our Energy World in 2030 - Redefining Energy

image credit: Credit: Google

This item is part of the Special Issue - 2020-01 - Predictions & Trends, click here for more

Access Podcast / Audio

In Episode 17, Gerard Reid and Laurent Segalen take a look at the 2020’s and discuss what could be the biggest changes in energy. 
Will Tesla continue its meteoric rise? How will carbon be priced or taxed, with what potential impacts? Will grids turn smart? How cheap solar and storage will become? Will we see the emergence of environmental protectionism? Is Bill Gates doing useful investments in Clean Tech? Will Energy and Data converge? What will be the role of Hydrogen? Do alternative technologies, such as wave, tidal, small hydro, floating offshore wind and small nuclear stand any reasonable chance? Will Blockchain and crypto become mainstream?… And finally, will the Oil sector resist the Revolution to come. 
Wild or sensible predictions, but always with humor and common sense.



Access Podcast / Audio


Spell checking: Press the CTRL or COMMAND key then click on the underlined misspelled word.
Audra Drazga's picture
Audra Drazga on Jan 20, 2020

In Summary provided by Laurent:

a) In 2030, Tesla will be worth more than Saudi Aramco

b) Major rise in cost of carbon, whether by fines, litigation, taxes or environmental protectionism harming Oil Cos

c) Storage and Solar will become so cheap that no other source will be able to compete

d) Cheap gas will allow the development of not so green hydrogen, and will bury coal in the OECD

e) Bill Gates will continue to back technologies that are useless and ignore the useful ones

f) Exceptional development of offshore wind

g) Gerard and Laurent still debate about Tidal, Wave, Hydro, Floating Solar - no consensus

h) A lot of fuel switch in Shipping, not much in Aviation (hence a lot of PR expected to compensate inaction)

i) Largest Energy users in 2030: Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft - Data and Energy will converge

j) The deployment of EV, E Buses will trigger the beginning of peak oil

Laurent Segalen's picture
Laurent Segalen on Jan 20, 2020

Thank you Audra


Laurent Segalen's picture

Thank Laurent for the Post!

Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »