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.
In our second podcast on geothermal, we delve a little deeper into some fascinating projects in the UK, France and China to find out how they’re using geothermal to generate low carbon electricity, heating, cooling and maybe even zero-carbon Lithium.
Geothermal energy has been used commercially for way over 100 years and of course the Romans were renowned for their hot baths 2000 years ago. But modern geothermal energy is a rather more sophisticated beast. Generating low carbon electricity, heating and cooling from the heat beneath our feet is no longer restricted to geologically blessed areas. Geothermal is indeed hot!
From our main fusion podcast you will know that fusion is just really hard, although potentially miraculous in terms of working towards zero carbon. And it’s looking like those efforts are starting to pay off. This podcast delves into the different technology candidates that aim to solve the intractable problem of fusion.
To some, fusion is a low carbon energy unicorn. You could spend all your life and all of your money tracking it, but you will never harness it. To others, it’s the solution the world has been waiting for. But the majority seem to neither know nor care what fusion is and it’s high time that changed.
From bipedal walking to robot hands and even robots the size of a human cell – get an insight into the fascinating things robots can do, their role in the future energy system and how they could transform our lives in the future.
Angela Lamont visits the Orkney Islands to find out first-hand how they’re pioneering the use of hydrogen for power, energy storage and marine transport to help decarbonize their community.
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?
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.
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.
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’?
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.
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...
The second edition of the bp Technology Outlook was published in March 2018.
David Eyton, group head of technology, introduces the BP Technology Outlook 2018