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This is the energy map for the next few years, and that is how it will affect us all (Podcast Clear the X # 155)

The transition towards a sustainable and non-polluting energy model in which we have embarked as a society poses many challenges. Some are already in front of us, and we will have to face them in the next few years, but it will be worth it because, if we do not pitch in, the climate emergency that scientists have been talking about for several years could put us in even more trouble. serious.

During the last months, consumers are being hit by an electricity bill that has reached all-time highs, which puts us in front of a relatively uncertain immediate future. In addition, to curl the loop, Germany has confirmed that in 2022 it will permanently shut down its nuclear power plants, something that will happen in Spain in 2035 when the itinerary of the nuclear blackout set by the Government is completed.

These are some of the important topics that we address this week in ‘Clear the X’, and to talk about them we have Andrés P. Mohorte (@mohorte), Magnet director, already a server, Juan Carlos Lopez (@juanklore), editor at Engadget. Production is carried out by Saints Araújo (@santiaraujo).

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Big challenges require big decisions. And great deals

Push everyone in the same direction. This is the great challenge. The Paris Agreement pursues limit the effects of global warming achieving that industrialized countries and developing states significantly reduce their emission of greenhouse gases until reaching a status in which the emission of polluting gases is essentially non-existent. In this context, one of the big questions is precisely what role nuclear energy will play.

Spain and Germany, as we have seen, are two of the countries that advocate completely getting rid of this energy source, which in the medium term will necessarily lead them to put all their eggs in the basket of renewable and non-polluting energy sources. This is something that Norway has already done to a large extent, a country with privileged natural resources that currently allow it to respond 98% of your energy demand using sources of renewable origin.

But there is also another way. The United States, France, China, Russia or India are some of the countries that will maintain their commitment to nuclear energy over the next few decades, which will foreseeably will act as a backup of renewable sources that they will also have to a greater or lesser extent.

This form of energy has been at the center of the debate for several decades due to the need to properly manage radioactive waste, and also to the possibility that an accident could occur, but it is a valuable tool that can help us mitigate the effects of warming. global because does not lead to the emission of polluting gases.

The last great topic that we address in this installment of the podcast invites us to look to the future. Towards an extraordinarily promising form of energy that will not lead to polluting emissions and will also allow us to generate an enormous amount of energy: nuclear fusion.

Experts predict that the first nuclear fusion plants will be ready in the 60’sBut for them to be viable, it is necessary to first solve several enormous challenges. Let’s keep our fingers crossed so that everything goes well and at most in four decades we will have many small suns scattered across the surface of our planet.

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