Cutting Carbon

Ep. 3: Renewables Need Friends

Episode Summary

Decarbonizing power is a team sport. Today, there is nearly a billion people in the world without electricity. A tremendous amount of power is needed to electrify the world, and it grows about a 1.5% growth rate yearly. By 2050 the world will need approximately 42,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity, adding about 400 TWh of additional power every year: twice as much electricity as California generates today.

Episode Notes

Decarbonizing power is a team sport. Today, there is still a billion people in the world without electricity. A tremendous amount of power is needed to electrify the world, and it grows about a 1.5% growth rate yearly. By 2050 the world will need approximately 42,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity, adding about 400 TWh of additional power every year: twice as much electricity as California generates today. 

Can this all be done by renewables? Renewables over the last 20 years have seen a massive growth. This continued growth could lead to wind and solar being 50% of total electricity generation by 2050. But where will the other 50% come from?

In this episode Brian and Jeff explore this paradox with Vic Abate, GE's Chief Technology Officer and the CEO of GE Research.

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