Energy Options Network

ACCELERATING TRANSFORMATIVE ZERO-CARBON SOLUTIONS TODAY

FOR A SAFER TOMORROW

WE FACE AN UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE

DOUBLE THE WORLD'S ENERGY SUPPLY WHILE ZEROING OUT C02 EMISSIONS BY 2050

Scale of Primary Global Energy by Fuel Consumption (2019)

Decarbonization Chart

Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020

Coal Worldwide
Natural Gas

Half of the world’s 7 billion people are currently living in energy poverty.

Fossil fuel use (coal, oil, gas) is larger now than at any time in world history, with energy use expected to double by 2050.

In 2019, global carbon emissions reached a record high.

While coal use is declining in the United States and Europe, that is not the case in most parts of the world. For example, coal continues to generate two-thirds of China's carbon pollution.

Also in 2019, natural gas was the planet’s fastest growing fossil fuel. While seen as a “bridge fuel” replacing coal in the US, throughout the rest of the world it is mainly providing new energy and not displacing coal at all.

Stanford University's 2019 Global Carbon Project

Coal Growth

Source: Bloomberg NEF.

Even in projections of massive growth of renewables, a majority of primary energy is still fossil in 2050

Energy Projections

Meanwhile current and pledged global policies barely bend the curve

Pledged Global Policies

Source: Nature

MISSION

Energy Options Network (EON) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify and accelerate Transformative Zero-Carbon Energy Solutions needed to deeply reduce fossil fuel use.  While we applaud the growth of all ‘climate scale’ zero carbon technologies, we believe that solutions outside of today’s more mainstream portfolio will be essential to achieve
deep decarbonization by 2050.

      Specifically, we:

  • Scan and vet a range of transformative energy solutions (technologies, systems, applications);
  • Support select innovators under the Accelerate Fellowship Program;
  • Produce context studies that describe potential market/technology/societal needs and opportunities--made available to thought leaders, governments, industries, technologists and investors to support strategic innovation.

'35% of the cumulative CO2 emissions reductions needed to shift to a sustainable path come from technologies currently at the prototype or demonstration phase. A further 40% of the reductions rely on technologies not yet commercially deployed on a mass-market scale. This calls for urgent efforts to accelerate innovation.' 
-IEA Clean Energy Innovation Report, July 2020

TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTIONS: EXAMPLES

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PUBLISHED WORK

OUR TEAM

Joe Chaisson

Joe Chaisson

Chief Technical Officer
Preston Carter

Preston Carter

Senior Advisor
David Mohler

David Mohler

Senior Advisor
Nigel Gormly

Nigel Gormly

Senior Advisor
Mike Fowler

Mike Fowler

Senior Advisor
Eric Ingersoll

Eric Ingersoll

Senior Advisor
Dr. Richard Pearson

Dr. Richard Pearson

Senior Consultant
Dr. Bruce Hill

Dr. Bruce Hill

Chief Geoscientist
Ellen Baum

Ellen Baum

Operations
Steve Brick

Steve Brick

Senior Advisor
River Lu

River Lu

Senior Advisor

ADVISORY BOARD

CONTACT

Targeted thought leadership

EON focuses on educating and advising key global actors able to tangibly help advance Transformative Zero-Carbon Energy Solutions. It is not focused on informing the general public.

Actors include innovative developers, global energy companies, governments committed to deep decarbonization, think tanks, philanthropists, investment entities, and policy-focused nonprofits.

Targeted thought leadership

EON continuously scans for promising opportunities and conducts in-depth technical and economic assessments of potential Transformative Zero-Carbon Energy Solutions, then uses that information to design acceleration plans.

EON engages relevant actors – from very early stage technology developers to very large existing players such as oil and gas majors. Activities include streamlining business models, identifying solutions to technical challenges, identifying potential markets, and making key strategic introductions.

Targeted thought leadership

Innovation is a term typically applied to technology, however EON believes that innovative thinking about energy system design, how a technology moves along the supply chain, and expanding markets is equally as important.

Why? Cost, reach, timeline. For a technology or entire sector to be plausible as a Transformative Zero-Carbon Energy Solutions it must be economically competitive with fossil fuels (without subsidies) within the next two decades or so.