The Way We Get Power Is About to Change Forever


The age of batteries is just getting started. In the latest episode of our animated series, Sooner Than You Think, Bloomberg’s Tom Randall does the math on when solar plus batteries might start wiping fossil fuels off the grid.

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  1. Doug Mcdonell
    Doug Mcdonell says:

    LOL battery powered airplanes, kerosene has 80 times the energy density as lithium batteries or in other words the battery "fuel" weighs 80 times more, so a 10 minute range would be practical.

  2. Md Khalidur Rahman
    Md Khalidur Rahman says:

    F***k u Elon Musk! He and his company will f***k us ( human ) the way no other company did in human history. the battery is the most undeveloped, unreliable and poisonous for environment technology till today. It may seem like it reduce air pollution but the truth is its soil and other pollution is far worse than any other pollution. if Elon Musk and his company success which they definitely will then look for a future where soil will be polluted with heavy metal, cancel will be very common thing and you have to sell your arm and legs and maybe even a kidney and eye to just buy a car which will last 1 to 3 years if you are lucky just like today's smartphone….

  3. Rambler Andy
    Rambler Andy says:

    Even if rivals from China, or elsewhere, overtake Tesla in supplying battery storage to the world, Elon Musk wins. His first goal is for the world to completely transition away from fossil fuels. It pretty much doesn't matter who does it, as long as it gets done.

  4. Andrew S
    Andrew S says:

    You think these people that run these batteries companies are going to make anything affordable? They care about profits only. It sounds nice but the reality is with every new invention there's someone looking to make their next billion dollars!

  5. Bearcat Ben
    Bearcat Ben says:

    Use the excess power to split carbon dioxide molecules into carbon and oxygen then take water molecules and split them into hydrogen and oxygen mix the hydrogen and carbon to make methane then release the oxygen into the atmosphere. The methane molecules are just a type of chemical battery but instead the energy is liberated as heat

  6. g
    g says:

    And now how do we safely dispose of these batteries when they are no longer useful without harming the environment? I'm sure someone has been thinking of battery waste management.

  7. Jennifer Gosling
    Jennifer Gosling says:

    Now they are getting cheaper – wait till all the natural materials that go into making them become scares, With Billions of homes around the planet moving to have solar or wind power with battery that's a lot of digging up the trees and ground etc. Then they have a lifespan of really not that long in respect to potential human life times and years ahead of us. I don't believe solar or wind is the long term solution, its just a way to get the fat cats old energy empires rattled and off there lofty perch for a reset towards something different. It takes fossil fuel to make the wind and solar and battery hardware.

  8. Cory
    Cory says:

    The future isn't using excess electricity to power batteries. It's using it to convert co2 back to a fossil fuel.

    Hydrocarbons are much better at storing energy than batteries. Forget batteries.

  9. Nataly Velokova
    Nataly Velokova says:

    There is a bigger problem with batteries. They have a relatively short life. Even if they come down in price, they are too expensive long term. Another problem is that power companies have nothing to gain from cheap power, just like pharmaceuticals have nothing to gain from curing cancer.


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