View Poll Results: What will be energy source 50 yrs from now?

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  • Oil

    1 2.50%
  • Natural Gas

    2 5.00%
  • Coal

    1 2.50%
  • Mix of fossil fuels

    2 5.00%
  • Biomass / ethanol / grown

    4 10.00%
  • Solar

    4 10.00%
  • Wind

    0 0%
  • Nuclear

    9 22.50%
  • Nuclear Fusion

    11 27.50%
  • Chuck Norris slowly eating a banana

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Thread: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Nuclear or nuclear fusion will be the future, and hopefully by then coal will have been dead for a very long time.

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I'm curious what you think the primary energy source of the future will be. I'm going to list a few, I'm not going to give you an option of "all" or "both" or "a mix" because that's a cop out.... make a decision and support it.

    50 years from today, what do you think will be the primary source of energy around the world? Will it be oil? Natural gas? Coal? A mix of fossil fuels? Biomass? Solar? Wind? Nuclear? Nuclear fusion? Some as-of-yet uninvented technology?

    Let's hear your thoughts. There's no wrong answer unless you want to check back 50 years from now.



    I would like to check back 50-years from now but, since I'm 70-years old, I don't believe that I'll be around to do that.

    I believe that solar energy will be a big factor, but wind, tidal energy and others will also fill part of mankind's energy needs.

    A lot will depend on what is available in the area.

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I'm curious what you think the primary energy source of the future will be. I'm going to list a few, I'm not going to give you an option of "all" or "both" or "a mix" because that's a cop out.... make a decision and support it.

    50 years from today, what do you think will be the primary source of energy around the world? Will it be oil? Natural gas? Coal? A mix of fossil fuels? Biomass? Solar? Wind? Nuclear? Nuclear fusion? Some as-of-yet uninvented technology?

    Let's hear your thoughts. There's no wrong answer unless you want to check back 50 years from now.
    In the near term there's been an obvious big turn towards Natural Gas, for many good reasons. It's abundant, cleaner than petrol/coal and efficient. Probably electric/magnetic for transportation.

    Fifty years from now there could be the same mix of options, with one or two dominating, like nuclear and solar but more than likely some chemical reaction formula like hydrogen + will be developed. Nuclear fusion could be made much more efficient and possible.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Primarily thorium, with a little bit of wind.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post

    long term : possibly fusion. that would not only change the game, but it would also flip the game on its side and spin it like a quarter. i don't expect to see this during my lifetime, but it would be awesome.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Something we as yet have no concept of.
    Education.

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    I would like to check back 50-years from now but, since I'm 70-years old, I don't believe that I'll be around to do that.

    I believe that solar energy will be a big factor, but wind, tidal energy and others will also fill part of mankind's energy needs.

    A lot will depend on what is available in the area.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Fusion if they can get it to work correctly - combined with solar for the extra daytime loads. Wind and hydro will have their place as well but I doubt they'll ever be the primary source of power generation.


    In the interim:
    Thorium is a good option to replace coal and oil. Natural gas will be used for heavy transportation and probably aircraft, though new advances in aviation fuel production from water and air might work out better in the long run.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    in the next 50 years we will see the rise of Nuclear Energy again.

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I'm curious what you think the primary energy source of the future will be. I'm going to list a few, I'm not going to give you an option of "all" or "both" or "a mix" because that's a cop out.... make a decision and support it.

    50 years from today, what do you think will be the primary source of energy around the world? Will it be oil? Natural gas? Coal? A mix of fossil fuels? Biomass? Solar? Wind? Nuclear? Nuclear fusion? Some as-of-yet uninvented technology?

    Let's hear your thoughts. There's no wrong answer unless you want to check back 50 years from now.
    I think it will be a mixture of natural gas, coal, and hydro with regards to electricity generation. I think it is plausible that there will be revolutionary advances in battery technology (among other things) that would make solar more popular but it will take time. I also think the global nuclear load will increase but not by as much as some would hope, half because of irrational nuclear fear and half because of low cost coal/gas by comparison. I'm optimistic that by the 2060's (50 years hence) we will have vastly advanced our understanding of nuclear fusion and we may even be so advanced as to be at the stage of limited commercialization but I suspect it will take longer to bring from the prototype to the mass energy market. I'm going to commit the classic human error of projecting based on what already exists today because imagining what isn't there is difficult.

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