Cars that use electric motors were first designed at the end of the nineteenth century. It took more than hundred years for their comeback after the sounding success story of the combustion engine. Electric drives may be powered by rechargeable batteries – or fuel cells that depend on compressed hydrogen.
Amid the urgent need to decarbonize, the industry that delivers one-tenth of global electricity must consult the public on reactor research, design, regulation, location and waste.
Paths to a low-carbon economy will create rivalries, winners and losers, warn Andreas Goldthau, Kirsten Westphal and colleagues.
Today, petroleum producers around the world will start shutting down wells after the Covid-19 pandemic caused demand to plummet. What took them so long?