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bp Technology Outlook

bp Technology Outlook examines the potential of technology to change the way we produce and use energy to 2060. In addition to our main Technology Outlook report and Technology Outlook podcasts, we regularly work in partnership with subject matter experts to conduct detailed studies into the potential of specific technologies

Podcast series

Angela Lamont, technology journalist, talks to experts both inside and outside of bp to get their views on some of the most exciting energy technologies on the horizon. How do they work? How could they develop? And could they help transform our energy system to lower carbon? In the first series, we explore the potential of solar, batteries, hydrogen and wind to help the transition to a low carbon future.

13. Geothermal

18 min
 

Geothermal energy has been used commercially for way over 100 years and of course the Romans were renowned for their hot baths 2000 years ago. But modern geothermal energy is a rather more sophisticated beast. Generating low carbon electricity, heating and cooling from the heat beneath our feet is no longer restricted to geologically blessed areas. Geothermal is indeed hot!

12. Nuclear fusion – technology special

14 min
 

From our main fusion podcast you will know that fusion is just really hard, although potentially miraculous in terms of working towards zero carbon. And it’s looking like those efforts are starting to pay off. This podcast delves into the different technology candidates that aim to solve the intractable problem of fusion. 

11. Nuclear fusion

20 min
 

To some, fusion is a low carbon energy unicorn. You could spend all your life and all of your money tracking it, but you will never harness it. To others, it’s the solution the world has been waiting for. But the majority seem to neither know nor care what fusion is and it’s high time that changed.

10. Robotics

20 min
 

From bipedal walking to robot hands and even robots the size of a human cell – get an insight into the fascinating things robots can do, their role in the future energy system and how they could transform our lives in the future.

9. Wind – floating offshore special

8 min
 

In this podcast, we look at how floating offshore wind technology may unlock great potential in areas around the world that have great wind resources but where the coastal waters are either too deep or unsuitable for fixed offshore wind.

8. Wind

16 min
 

Wind turbines have come a long way in the last 25 years and now they’re learning to float and fly in a bid to become a major player in the pathway towards net zero

7. Hydrogen – Orkney Islands special

12 min
 

Angela Lamont visits the Orkney Islands to find out first-hand how they’re pioneering the use of hydrogen for power, energy storage and marine transport to help decarbonize their community.

6. Hydrogen

13 min
 

Blue, green or grey … find out about the different technologies and how the Orkney Islands are using it as part of their pioneering approach to zero carbon energy.  Could now be the time hydrogen comes of age?

Additional content

5. Batteries - Kurt Kelty

9 min

 

Kurt Kelty was the first ‘battery person’ at Tesla and in this podcast special he shares his story at what was a ground-breaking time for both battery technology and Tesla.

4. Batteries+

10 min

 

In our second podcast on batteries, you'll hear some deeper insights on exactly how the technologies are evolving, how golf balls could hold the key to faster charging and how our idea of what makes a good battery may have been wrong all along.

Additional content

3. Batteries

15 min
 

What makes a battery a battery?  How is battery technology evolving to effectively store renewable energy and keep pace with the rapid rise in electric vehicles? What are the challenges … and will batteries ever be ‘up to the job’?

2. Solar - Perovskites

4 min


What IS Perovskite and why have we never heard of it before? Chris Case, CTO of Oxford PV looks at the huge potential ... and limitations of this synthesized material which is hundreds of times more efficient at absorbing sunlight than existing silicon technology.

Additional content

1. Solar

15 min

 

Has solar tech finally come of age?  What does going 'off grid' actually mean? Is ‘negative pricing’ for electricity an actual thing? And how does governmental policy affect new energy technologies? It’s all here...

bp Technology Outlook 2018

The second edition of the bp Technology Outlook was published in March 2018. 

bp Technology Outlook does not contain forecasts, but rather technology signals.  As both the bp Technology Outlook 2015 and 2018 demonstrate, technology development is impossible to predict with any certainty.  Listening to different perspectives to develop informed strategies is our preferred approach; read more perspectives on The bp Technology Outlook LinkedIn showcase.