Delivering international climate goals requires transitioning global energy systems to zero-carbon energy. It is increasingly clear that the key energy sources will be renewable resources that produce electricity directly rather than via heat engines. In this talk, Nick argues that this implies that the transition will therefore be more than a move away from carbon fuels. It will also be a systemic shift in the types of energy we use: in particular, it will be a shift from using heat to using work. This has profound implications for the way we use energy in buildings, transport and industry. Importantly, this transition will allow large increases in the efficiency of energy use, which itself will make a major contribution to climate mitigation.
You can read more about Nick’s research on this topic here.