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Our Energy World in 2030 - Redefining Energy

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CEO Megawatt-X

Laurent is a Franco-British financier, founder of Megawatt-X, the London-based global platform for Renewable Energy Assets. For the past twenty years, Laurent has been trading and managing...

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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.

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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

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Laurent Segalen on Jan 20, 2020

Thank you Audra


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