World’s top climate scientists warn that because petroleum product consumption is galloping internationally, keeping the Earth’s temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius isn’t enough to prevent danger to billions of people. Limiting the rise to 1.5 C is a must. Vastly better carbon management to turn CO2 from a liability to neutral or an asset is possible with today’s new working innovations and new ones. Our experts discuss what it will take to generate emissions-free electricity, create alternative materials, and drastically reduce CO2 from our world’s air by 2050.
Globally, a small, but growing, number of businesses and community resources are virtual power plants, which seamlessly sidestep electric utilities. But the advent of microgrids poses challenges about cost, security, reliability, resilience, and power-generation connections. How will our new world of energy play out?