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The monthly bulletin of LEAP (European Laboratory of Political Anticipation) - 15 May 2021

Future Energy Technology – A Timeline

Our universe is an ever-changing web of abundant energy, it is a central aspect of life and all human activity. Yet if we see energy through the lens of our economic activity, it appears as a limited commodity. In this future energy technology timeline, we wish to cast a look at the current energy transition, but also at how humanity in the future might harness more of the available energy.

The world is now committed to eliminate the adverse and negative side effects of our energy technologies and this will induce changes on a scale never seen before. This is one aspect of the current global systemic crisis and it threatens to produce a state of energy scarcity as technological progress will be slow to fill the gap. Devising and developing the technological processes needed to harvest energy will require dedicated research and development[1]. Consequently, this timeline aims to help us rationalize the necessary decisions that need to be made now. The dates within the timeline are intended to indicate where these transitions will be located in the medium (2025-2040) or longer (2040-) terms, while “P” or “D” indicate whether the technology is mainly a Primary source or a storage and Distribution technology.

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The post-Covid world is multipolar, with at least three of the major poles competing for mineral resources and industrial production. Until recently, this competition was mainly reserved for the western [...]

To tackle a subject as complex as energy, the LEAP teams called on the collective intelligence of the GEAB, through the GEAB Café of 20 April, and the active participation [...]

The price of the 2nd most traded commodity (oil being number one) is soaring. At a time of recovery and infrastructure plans, and illustrating the "back to basics" trend, iron [...]

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