The futures of humanity
Exploring the liminal spaces between sustainability, equity and planetary justice
26 October 2023 (Thursday), 11:15-13:00, lab

Disruptive technologies in the energy sector

With the ever growing threats inflicted on the sustainability of humanity, a swift and substantial development is needed in the energy sector that is one of the biggest polluters in the economy. There are incremental advancements in the conventional technologies, the efficiency is increasing, but the scenarios based on the actual progress would still lead to a significant worsening of climate change by the end of the 21st century. The author of this study suggests that disruptive technologies need to be introduced to the energy sector to put it in a more sustainable path. A group of experts have been involved from a research project in Hungary dedicated to disruptive technologies, scientific presentations and conferences have been analyzed and concluded about the energy sector, and an extensive literature review has been conducted. Findings indicate that promising innovations are on the way, including effective energy storage solutions, nuclear fusion-related discoveries, and extended ways to use digital technology, among which artificial intelligence will likely be, or currently is the most groundbreaking.

Assistant Professor
Corvinus University of Budapest