What Are the Fuels of the Future?
Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
Energy transition requires a changeover to new technologies and new infrastructure, and especially to new fuels. Today’s most widely used transportation fuels—gasoline, diesel, and other oil-based fuels—are successful because of high energy density, affordability, and infrastructure such as service stations for automobiles. What are the fuels of the future? Many climate scenarios assume “electrification of everything.” Even if we had abundant supplies of green power, is this feasible? What are the future roles for LNG and biofuels? And then there is hydrogen—whether green, blue, or gray. Which of these are truly fuels of the future? And what will it take for them to displace the fuels of today?