2041 SCENARIOS

Computation, Energy and the Planet

SCENARIO THREE

Quantum

Traditional energy – New computation

Energy management through grid optimisation

In this scenario, quantum technologies have revolutionised our capacity to model nature and harness its power, while smart electricity grids integrate both national and local sources of power generation. Discover how quantum technologies may open opportunities for new forms of communication, the creation of new, energy-efficient technologies, enhanced drug development and simulation of complex chemistry and biology.

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ALL SCENARIOS

SCENARIO ONE

Convergence

Traditional energy - Classical computation
Energy management by small-scale optimisation

SCENARIO TWO

Automation

New energy -
Classical computation

Energy management by environment optimisation

SCENARIO THREE

Quantum

Traditional energy - New computation
Energy management through grid optimisation

SCENARIO FOUR

Unknowable

New energy -
New computation
Energy management by bottomless generation