Building the Missing Link for Future Energy Systems
The world relies heavily on fossil fuels for its energy needs. Increasingly, this is leading to uncertainty of supply for energy-importing economies. The issue of supply is compounded by growing environmental concern over air quality and atmospheric warming. There is a worldwide research effort to develop alternative energy systems, initially to compliment and ultimately to replace fossil fuels. There are still many missing links in the technology chain of even the most promising energy systems. This page is dedicated to the discussion and analysis of future energy technologies, systems and economics.
The world relies heavily on fossil fuels
for most of its energy needs. Coal, oil and natural gas are finite resources
and many important reserves are concentrated in regions of the world where
there is political and economic instability, exposing energy-importing
economies to an increased risk of disruption in energy supply. On a more
distant horizon there is a growing concern that fossil fuel production will not
meet the world's demand for energy, especially with the emergence of
Energy production technologies cannot be taken in isolation but must be considered as a part of an integrated cycle. Whilst the prospect of using hydrogen, for example, to power cars via fuel cells or by internal combustion appears very appealing, the greater context of hydrogen production, storage and delivery should not be lost from sight. The transformation of biomass into bio-fuels is another promising trend for future transportation systems, but the question of sustained supply must be addressed. Can the world's farms produce sufficient biomass to power the world's transportation systems and feed us simultaneously? What will the mix of future energy systems comprise?