Here’s a news report from the European Union today:
The European Union announced Wednesday a provisional agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 27-member bloc by 55% by 2030.
The 2030 target is part of a larger goal of getting the EU to be carbon-neutral by 2050.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the agreement puts the EU “on a green path for a generation.”
“It is our binding pledge to our children and grandchildren,” she added.
EU member states must approve the deal before it becomes official.
This is only nine years away, and it makes me wonder how this goal can be achieved using today’s technology. Solar and wind are often cited as the path to zero carbon, but they have relatively low power densities, and energy storage is problematic. Nuclear fission is often seen as the most effective way to bring large amounts of power generating capacity online, but it has many detractors, and I believe it is off the table in Germany at least.
Electric vehicles are being promoted as ways to cut carbon emissions and pollution, but of course they need to be charged and this will require increased generating capacity. The way the world is developing in terms of digitalization (e.g. massive data centers for data storage and the requirements of cryptocurrency) it does not seem that reducing power consumption is a realistic option.
To me, if is ready to generate power, (Rossi says at the moment it is not) and if it can be deployed, E-Cat technology could be the answer, but even then, it would require an incredibly rapid roll-out. Other companies are working on LENR-type solutions, but none have commercial products ready yet.