The Top Technologies in Energy

The top technologies for energy transition are aggregated in this data-file, scoring their economics, technical readiness, and decarbonization potential, as assessed apples-to-apples across 1,000 pieces of research in Thunder Said Energy energy transition research.

Specifically, for each technology, we have summarized the opportunity in two-lines. Then we score its economic impact, its technical maturity (TRL), and the depth of our work on the topic to-date.

The output is a ranking of the top technologies in the energy transition, by category; and a “cost curve” for the total costs to decarbonize global energy.

Specifically, the world’s energy system will rise from 70,000 TWH pa of useful energy in 2021 to well over 100,000 TWH of useful energy by 2050. All else equal, this would increase global CO2e emissions from 50GTpa to 80GTpa. But the opportunities in this data-file can decarbonise the global energy system almost 3x over by 2050.

Our roadmap to net zero picks as many bars as possible from the left-hand size of the energy transiton cost curve, to achieve the most decarbonization for the lowest cost. The most economical roadmap has an average abatement cost of $40/ton. The contribution of each technology, and energy transition cost of each technology are modelled out in the back-up tabs.

A breakdown of the top technologies for energy transition. We see around 20% of all decarbonization coming from renewables (wind, solar, next-generation nuclear), effiiciency technologies that do ‘more with less’ (electric vehicles, electrification, power-electronics, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing), switching coal to gas (50-60% lower CO2 per MWH), carbon capture and storage (CCS, blue hydrogen, CO2-EOR, CO2-to-materials) and nature based solutions to climate change (reforestation, conservation agriculture, blue carbon).

A long list of over 1,000 companies that have crossed our screens is also aggregated in the final tab of the data-file, as a reference, for decision-makers looking for a list of companies in the energy transition.

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