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Roundtable in Vil·la Urània: The energy of the future or the future of energy

Xavier Obradors participated on June 19, 2019, on a roundtable about the "Energy of the future" in the framework of the European Week of Sustainable Energy in Vil·la Urània (Barcelona). Obradors gave an introductory talk on "Nanotechnology and Energy Transition" and then participated in the discussion with the other experts in the field from different research centers and organisations. 

19 June 2019

Different experts from the field of energy transition talked about the energy of the future and the social impact of the energetic system as we know it. The roundtable was conducted by Jordi Díaz-Marcos (UB, ACCC) and counted with the participation of:

  • Xavier Obradors, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) "Nanotecnologia per a la transició energètica"
  • Lluc Canals, Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC) "Vehicle elèctric i cases intel·ligents, què ens aporten?"
  • Lourdes Berdié, Xarxa per la Sobirania Energètica "Aproximació política-social-econòmica de l'energia"
  • Guillermo Gerling, Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO) "Energia fotovoltaica, l'energia més sostenible?"
  • Pedro Gómez, Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) "Bateries per emmagatzemar l'energia, de quin tipus?"
  • Gemma Rius, Centre Nacional de Microelectrònica (CNM- IMB- CSIC) "Nous materials per a l'energia en la microelectrònica"

The main points of the talk were if we need to continue with our current occidental way of live (smart houses, electric vehicles...), and if we do, how to approach it, or if we should try to change our high standards of living and reduce the energy consumption from the beginning.

Everyone agrees that we cannot continue using fossil fuels like we are currently doing, but not everyone agrees to the solutions to that: should we create better materials to increase the energy efficiency? Should we only use renewable energies and focus on solar cells and wind energy? Should we radically change our way of living and stop consuming so much energy? Should we focus on developing materials to store energy for a long time? 

The colloquium was quite intense and interesting. The audience also participated with their opinions. 

Thanks to Vil·la Urània for organizing such a great event!

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