Energy Futures

Electricity is the rising force among worldwide end-uses of energy, making up 40% of the rise in final consumption to 2040 – the same share of growth that oil took for the last 25 years. Discover how our robot Athena, thinks energy demand and consumption will likely change this millennium.
What is changing?
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Energy supply is going to be transformed this century as renewables (especially solar) and nuclear power replace coal and gas as prime energy sources. And, on the demand side we can expect reductions in demand through smart everything, driverless cars and distributed energy. 

In the next twenty years oil, coal and gas will continue to be dominant sources of supply but policy changes towards cleaner fuels will swing the pendulum around 2043.

Sectors
This new visual generated by Athena shows the huge interest in energy demand and supply from all sectors in 2017. Far higher than was the case in 2014.

Topic map 
The topic map again shows that in the next twenty years oil, coal and gas will continue to be dominant sources of supply but policy changes towards cleaner, sustainable fuels will eventually significantly reduce their influence.

Heat map
Almost every other region in the world can be expected to adopt new energy technologies except in Greenland and parts of Africa. And so, the opportunity for global transformation will be dramatic in the energy sector by mid-century with many winners and losers.

Graphit:
In the short-term to 2021, the focus will be on reducing costs of energy in the construction of new buildings and maintenance of old ones, improving battery life and power and coping with the burgeoning power needs of connected devices, the Internet and increased consumption particularly in the developing world.

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