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BP Technology Outlook

BP Technology Outlook examines the potential of technology to change the way we produce and use energy to 2060. In addition to our main Technology Outlook report and Technology Outlook podcasts, we regularly work in partnership with subject matter experts to conduct detailed studies into the potential of specific technologies.

Podcast series

Angela Lamont, technology journalist, talks to experts both inside and outside of BP to get their views on some of the most exciting energy technologies on the horizon. How do they work? How could they develop? And could they help transform our energy system to lower carbon? In the first series, we explore the potential of solar, batteries, hydrogen and wind to help the transition to a low carbon future.

6. Hydrogen

13 min
 

Blue, green or grey … find out about the different technologies and how the Orkney Islands are using it as part of their pioneering approach to zero carbon energy.  Could now be the time hydrogen comes of age?

Additional content

5. Batteries - Kurt Kelty

9 min

 

Kurt Kelty was the first ‘battery person’ at Tesla and in this podcast special he shares his story at what was a ground-breaking time for both battery technology and Tesla.

4. Batteries+

10 min

 

In our second podcast on batteries, you'll hear some deeper insights on exactly how the technologies are evolving, how golf balls could hold the key to faster charging and how our idea of what makes a good battery may have been wrong all along.

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3. Batteries

15 min
 

What makes a battery a battery?  How is battery technology evolving to effectively store renewable energy and keep pace with the rapid rise in electric vehicles? What are the challenges … and will batteries ever be ‘up to the job’?

2. Solar - Perovskites

4 min

What IS Perovskite and why have we never heard of it before?  Chris Case, CTO of Oxford PV looks at the huge potential...and limitations of this synthesized material which is hundreds of times more efficient at absorbing sunlight than existing silicon technology.
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1. Solar

15 min

 

Has solar tech finally come of age?  What does going 'off grid' actually mean? Is ‘negative pricing’ for electricity an actual thing? And how does governmental policy affect new energy technologies? It’s all here...

BP Technology Outlook 2018

The second edition of the BP Technology Outlook was published in March 2018. 

BP Technology Outlook does not contain forecasts, but rather technology signals.  As both the BP Technology Outlook 2015 and 2018 demonstrate, technology development is impossible to predict with any certainty.  Listening to different perspectives to develop informed strategies is our preferred approach; read more perspectives on The BP Technology Outlook LinkedIn showcase.