Energy transition research & technologies

The energy industry is going through its greatest ever period of change, to meet the world’s future energy needs, but remove all of the CO2. We help leading decision makers find opportunities in the energy transition, with data-driven research and economic analysis.

Economic analysis is crucial. We all see hyperbolic headlines, around wind, solar, batteries, hydrogen, fuel cells and other breakthrough technologies.  But what is their true impact? Are they technically ready? What do they cost? Where are the risks?  What are the resource bottlenecks to ramp them up? Which companies have patented the leading technologies? What role remains for oil, gas, shale or LNG in a decarbonized energy system? And most excitingly, what are the ‘non-obvious’ opportunities that will help the world reach ‘net zero’, but are not yet widely recognized?

These are the questions that we answer in our energy transition research. Each week we publish a deep-dive report into a specific topic. Each day we also publish new economic datapoints and models. The goal is to make our readers into the smartest decision-makers in the energy transition.

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All of our energy transition research is linked TSE insights page Additionally, you can follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter. Full details on our subscription service are linked work with us page. Please scroll down the page for our research philosophy, an overview of our conclusions into the energy transition, and a summary of some of our recent research…

Our Philosophy

What is our energy research philosophy? The world needs better energy. To make this happen, economic opportunities must be better understood by leading decision-makers. 

Our mission is to bridge this gap, with differentiated, data-driven analysis into the energy transition, energy technologies and their impacts. 

Our philosophy is that research should be unbundled and transparent, hence all the data-files underpinning our work can be downloaded via our energy transition research portal.

We help our clients find opportunities in better energy technologies, find opportunities in the energy transition and avoid the mounting risks and bubbles.

We practice what we preach and our organization has been CO2-neutral since its inception, including ongoing contributions to nature-based CO2 removal  projects.

Our organization is named in homage to ‘What the Thunder Said‘, which is the final section, and the resolution, of T. S. Eliot’s 1922 masterpiece, the Waste Land.

We humbly hope our energy research philosophy can help the world avoid becoming a Waste Land of energy poverty and climate change.

For a video overview of our research philsophy, we have also distilled our views around what makes great research?

Energy Technologies and Transition

Our research finds opportunities in energy technologies and the energy transition, drawing on technical papers, patents, and economic modelling.

We screen new energy technologies with world-changing potential, including:

The Energy Transition. Our work points to an economic decarbonization of the entire energy industry by 2050, with a CO2 price that averages $40/ton.

The Ascent of Renewables will deliver an enormous 30,000 TWH of energy by 2050, but this also requires overcoming vast bottlenecks, in metals, materials and power grids.

Fossil fuels retain a role in the decarbonized energy system, but must be the cleanest, most efficient fossil fuels possible, and the remaining CO2 must be captured of offset.

The Ascent of Gas and LNG will see clean-burning natural gas demand doubling in the energy mix by 2050, including the emergence of decarbonized gas.

Carbon offsets and nature-based solutions will emerge as a vast, $400bn market. They offer low-cost decarbonization and will displace higher-cost alternatives.

The Ascent of Shale. Continued improvements will give shale the capability to produce 25-30Mbpd of oil, at $25-30/bbl break-evens.

The Industry Must Adapt. All of the changes above require incumbent companies to digitize, deflate, improve their use of technology and lower their CO2 intensities.

We Rank Companies’ technical capabilities, to quantify who is leading the field, based on a patent framework to help identify risks and identify companies with an edge.

We use a Monte Carlo approach, to tie together the themes above and forecast energy markets.

Our “Top Technologies in Energy” are ranked here, tying all of our work together. We also screen which public companies and private companies are tied to our thematic insights.


Our latest ideas in the energy transistion are summarized here in chronological order, across wind, solar, battery, gas, CCS and nature. Our full research portal contains a more comprehensive summary of all of our energy transition research.

The page below may also be useful, if you would like to read the outlines of all of our published research research notes, and simply explore some of our ideas, around opportunities in the energy transition.

Transformer shortages: at their core?

The pricing of transformers has risen 1.5x in the past three years along with US imports of transformers by capacity more than doubling in the same timeframe.

Transformers are needed every time voltage steps up or down in the power grid. But lead times have now risen from 12-24 weeks to 1-3 years. And prices have risen 70%. Will these shortages structurally slow new energies and AI? Or improve transformer margins? Or is it just another boom-bust cycle? Answers are in this 15-page report.

Advanced Conductors: current affairs?

Comparison of old transmission line conductors and advanced conductor geometries.

Reconductoring today’s 7M circuit kilometers of transmission lines may help relieve power grid bottlenecks, while avoiding the 10-year ordeal of permitting new lines? Raising voltage may have hidden challenges. But Advanced Conductors stand out in this 16-page report. And the theme could double carbon fiber demand?

Arms race: defence versus decarbonization?

Global defence spending from 1960 to 2050 by region. Defence budgets are set to increase in the 2020s following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Does defence displace decarbonization as the developed world’s #1 policy goal through 2030, re-allocating $1trn pa of funds? Perhaps, but this 10-page note also finds a surprisingly large overlap between the two themes. European capital goods re-accelerate most? Some clean-tech does risk deprioritization?

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We add value to some of the leading decision-makers in energy and investing; publishing differentiated research, data and models, focused on energy technologies and energy transition, sent out daily to the Thunder Said Energy distribution list.

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More About Thunder Said Energy

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