From growing algae-based petroleum that eats carbon dioxide, to a “smart” energy grid that manages electricity consumption and storage as efficiently as possible, there’s no shortage of big ideas to tackle the growing global energy crisis. Dr. Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler touch on these solutions and more in their new book, “Abundance: Why The Future Will Be Much Better Than You Think.” 

Among the big ideas they see transforming the next century is the evolution of nuclear energy, which the authors discuss with IV’s own Nathan Myhrvold. Nathan describes current misperceptions surrounding nuclear power, and the potential for Generation IV technologies like TerraPower’s traveling wave reactor to provide abundant sources of energy to the far reaches of the developing world. 

“We could power the world for the next one thousand years just burning and disposing of the depleted uranium and spent fuel rods in today’s stockpiles.” – Nathan Myhrvold

You can learn more about the work IV and TerraPower are doing in the nuclear field at www.terrapower.com; and head to www.abundancethebook.com for more information on “Abundance.”


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