NABE Silicon Valley RoundTable

NABE Silicon Valley RoundTable

A CUBIC MILE OF OIL: Realities and Options for Averting the Looming Global Energy Crisis

Speaker(s):  Ripudaman Malhotra, Associate Director of Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory, Physical Sciences Division, SRI International
Meeting date:  February 14, 2012

A Cubic Mile of Oil is a call for an informed public debate on energy, arguably the biggest challenge we face. The current global consumption of oil (ca. 80 million barrels a day) amounts to 1 cubic mile over one year. Additionally, each year the world uses 0.8 CMO of energy from coal, 0.6 from natural gas, roughly 0.2 from each of hydro, nuclear, and wood for a grand total of 3 CMO. By the middle of this century, the global energy demand is expected to rise to somewhere between 6 and 9 CMO. Where are we going to get the energy from? Malhotra will discuss the different energy sources, their potential, and the requirements for developing any of them to a level approaching 1 CMO/yr.

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