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Role of Critical Materials in the Energy Transition

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Gerard Reid is a Co-founder and Partner at Alexa Capital. He is focused on assisting people and organizations in the energy and mobility areas who are struggling to understand and come to terms...

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This is a really important report as it shows that we have the materials to decarbonise our world and shift from fossil fuels. So for instance the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes that we have 170 times as much as lithium reserves as annual demand which is of course great for batteries and the electrification of transport However, the report is pretty negative about how to do this BUT I think their Slant is wrong. For example, they show a chart that 1 MW of solar needs 6.5 tonnes of critical materials compared to 3 tonnes for a MW of coal....What this does not take into account is the weight of the fuel that is needed!!!! Crazy!! 

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Matt Chester on May 12, 2021

Thanks for sharing, Gerard. I think the real breakthrough is going to have to come in re-use/recycling in an effective and environmentally friendly manner. Eager to see what direction that side of it goes

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Gerard Reid on May 14, 2021

Agreed!

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