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What technologies will unlock our net zero future?

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Phil De Luna, Director of the Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program within the National Research Council of Canada, sits down with Energy.Media to discuss his broad vision for a decarbonized future. As one of Forbes 30 Under 30 and a Carbon XPRIZE finalist, Phil has wide-ranging experience in the realm of net zero technologies and strategies.

In this episode of Energy Superheroes, Phil describes the multifaceted approach required to achieve global decarbonization:

  • Phil focuses on the importance of public private partnerships in a successful energy transition. The use of public funding will aid in the de-risking of clean energy technologies, providing the private sector with data and confidence to globally scale these innovations.
  • Phil believes that robotics can play a big role in the fight against climate change – from using AI to speed up the discovery of novel battery materials, to finding new ways of measuring carbon emissions via satellite.
  • Speaking with investors in mind, Phil highlights how we can make solutions like carbon capture profitable. By utilizing a carbon capture as a service business model, companies can charge a reoccurring “subscription” fee for capturing CO2, while generating additional value through products created with the carbon collected.
  • The key to maintaining power reliability as we phase out fossil fuels is energy storage. Phil sees green hydrogen as a solution for intermittency issues with current renewable energy sources, particularly in places where adequate sun or wind is seasonally dependent. By using power generated with renewables to split water into hydrogen, then using stored hydrogen for power generation during times of low renewable availability, communities can create long-term grid stabilization.
  • As a first generation Canadian immigrant, Phil emphasizes the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the energy industry. By ensuring that teams are more diverse, companies are not only more likely to generate more innovative ideas, but are statistically proven to be more profitable.

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