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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    What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    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.

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

    The one answer I forgot to list is that we return to the earth and live in hippie communes. It could go that way too.

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

    I am going to go with a mix despite your cop out answer because I don't think that one source would be accurate. I think that the majority of our power will come from a mix of wind/solar energy.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

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

    If we are just talking about just homes I will say a mixture of some type of renewable energy ( Wind, Solar ) Mixed with Natural Gas. We have an awful lot of that stuff and they are always finding more. I doubt we will be completely away from Hydro or Nuclear but I see Coal being phased out by then.

    If we are talking cars as well, I would say it will be a mixture of Biodiesel, Hydrogen, Natural Gas and Electric. I do not believe we will ever have it down to just one type of fuel.

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

    What is the energy of the future (50 years)
    near term : transition from coal to NG and wind, assuming renewables are still subsidized. possibly traditional nuclear.

    longer term : hydroelectric (mostly harnessing the power of the waves,) wind / solar, and thorium.

    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)

    also,

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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.

    Maybe it's mixed in within some of the choices, but Hydrogen/Hydrogen Fuel cell will most certainly be the primary source of energy in the future.

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

    Fusion is the holy grail, after that, everything changes in the energy arena for the better and for humans in general. But that is decades off, so for the near future we have to focus on honing our solar and wind power technology. I'd imagine the idea is to decrease our consumption of fossil fuels greatly instead of just quit it cold turkey.
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