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From trucks to ships, freight transport runs on diesel. State, national, and International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules require companies to phase out this ubiquitous and useful fuel. What will replace it? Can hydrogen be the next diesel?
Quantum computers process data faster than traditional computers and use significantly less energy. Is the adaptation of this technology practical or is this science still years away from implementation? Are we on the cusp of a quantum computing disruption as we transition to cleaner energy consumption? Will this exciting technology soon be as familiar to us as the smartphones we hold in our hands?
Historically, the energy industry has been good at reinventing itself and at deploying new technologies, such as unconventional oil/gas production, ultradeepwater development, and solar PV. More recently, the energy industry has been quick to embrace a wide spectrum of digital technologies. However, according to the IEA, in 2050, almost half of CO2 emission reductions will need to come from technologies that are currently prototypes or being demonstrated. What are the most promising technologies and how can these innovations be rapidly deployed at a gigaton scale? Which digital and energy technologies have the biggest potential to contribute to meeting sustainability and net-zero goals? What are the potential options to solve the intermittency of renewable power and make it fully competitive with fossil-based generation?