Modern civilization has grown reliant on plentiful, cheap and convenient energy from fossil fuels. Now, the reality of climate change has compelled us to reconsider our current ways of producing and using energy. The standardization provided by electricity as a clean carrier has proven ideal for stationary applications and has greatly improved our standard of living over the past century. When it comes to transportation, however, petroleum has won the battle for hearts and minds with its portability, concentrated form and relatively low cost. To make impactful change in transportation, we must provide choices that allow people to retain their sense of freedom and security while also reducing the impact on our environment. This talk will offer some perspective on oil and the challenges of creating an alternative for transportation that can compete with its many benefits.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Materials for Energy, Efficiency and Sustainability: TechConnect Briefs 2016
Published: May 22, 2016
Pages: 92 - 95
Industry sector: Energy & Sustainability
Topics: Fuel cells & Hydrogen