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)

    50 years from now it will be 2064.

    In the year 2050, it is estimated, even with decreasing population change rates, we will have added to the planet from 2010 to 2050 the combined 2010 populations of India and China, which we will have done because the population change rate, even though decreasing somewhat, never reaches a negative number, according to estimates of likely scenarios.

    So, by 2064, we will again have added roughly the 2050 population of India to the planet, because people just can't stop f***ing around when they're impoverished and bored.

    Thus, clearly, the fuel of choice in 2064 will be human waste.

    Is that what was meant by "biomass" in the poll?
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ontologuy View Post
    50 years from now it will be 2064.

    In the year 2050, it is estimated, even with decreasing population change rates, we will have added to the planet from 2010 to 2050 the combined 2010 populations of India and China, which we will have done because the population change rate, even though decreasing somewhat, never reaches a negative number, according to estimates of likely scenarios.

    So, by 2064, we will again have added roughly the 2050 population of India to the planet, because people just can't stop f***ing around when they're impoverished and bored.

    Thus, clearly, the fuel of choice in 2064 will be human waste.

    Is that what was meant by "biomass" in the poll?
    Based on the tech of today, perhaps.

    Who knows what we'll develop over the next half-century.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    I'm hoping nuclear, modern nuke technology is cleaner and safer and more efficient than ever before, I believe supplementary energy will come from solar and wind on individual buildings though. Hydrogen fuel tech will hopefully overtake petroleum as the basis for transport.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Probably coal.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    I'm hoping nuclear, modern nuke technology is cleaner and safer and more efficient than ever before, I believe supplementary energy will come from solar and wind on individual buildings though. Hydrogen fuel tech will hopefully overtake petroleum as the basis for transport.
    I'm hoping nuclear is in the next 10-25 years.

    In 50 years I'm hoping something better shows up.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Solar and wind depending on region for home energy needs; mostly solar. I have a gut feeling about hydrogen power for transportation and industry, which could simultaneously address drought/water shortage concerns as hydrogen energy's only byproduct (exhaust for lack of a better word) is distilled quality pure water.

    BTW: On one of the educational cable channels I saw a program on solar energy that said the research is just one breakthrough away from discovering how to harvest a spectrum of sunlight the current technology cannot see that will improve solar electric production 500%. Once discovered, a small rooftop solar system will be more than adequate to full power homes.

    I also think we could see more subterranean population centers in cold climates. If you go down deep enough underground, heating and air-conditioning becomes obsolete as the temperature is around 70 degrees all the time.

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    Add more stores, restaurants and even housing and the energy needs drop big time.
    I read an article on this in a magazine I subscribe to a couple of months ago. It looks interesting...Earthscrapes appear to be the buidlings of the future. The one in the article is going to be built in Mexico city.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyMoonlight View Post
    I read an article on this in a magazine I subscribe to a couple of months ago. It looks interesting...Earthscrapes appear to be the buidlings of the future. The one in the article is going to be built in Mexico city.

    Earth-scraper: Architects design 65-storey building 300 metres below ground | Mail Online
    I expect some interesting difficulties would arise for structure that far underground.


    Frankly one of the things I am interested in when it comes to buildings is tech that allows them to be more self-sufficient, not requiring as much power, etc.
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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.
    Can't vote on the poll because "all of the above" is the only accurate answer, not a cop out. The only exception may be fusion, I'm not sure if that will be ready for commercial use in 50 years. What will change a lot I think is the amount of each of those that we'll use.

    I suspect nuclear will be the highest percentage of our electricity generation in 50 years. Wind and Solar will also make up a larger percentage. All of the fossil fuels will be used less than they are today I think.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I expect some interesting difficulties would arise for structure that far underground.


    Frankly one of the things I am interested in when it comes to buildings is tech that allows them to be more self-sufficient, not requiring as much power, etc.
    One advantage is they dont require heating or cooling. Underground it's constantly betweenn 50 and 70 degrees no matter how hot or cold it is on up at the surface. Then, as I think I understand it, if you have to use heating the "earth sheltering" of being below ground makes it super efficient as the little heat that might be needed to warm things up cannot easily dissipate.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    One advantage is they dont require heating or cooling. Underground it's constantly betweenn 50 and 70 degrees no matter how hot or cold it is on up at the surface. Then, as I think I understand it, if you have to use heating the "earth sheltering" of being below ground makes it super efficient as the little heat that might be needed to warm things up cannot easily dissipate.
    One potential issue that comes to mind is...earthquakes.

    Or, hell, floods.

    Windstorms would be much less of an issue, for obvious reasons.
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