Google VP talks new energy at ORNL

Google VP talks new energy at ORNL

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Arun Majumdar was in town to talk about creating a new industrial revolution with sustainable energy. Arun Majumdar was in town to talk about creating a new industrial revolution with sustainable energy.
"It's all about energy and it's all been about fossil energy," said Majumdar. "Almost 80 to 90 percent of the energy we use is based on fossil, and the question is what we are going to do in the next 100 years." "It's all about energy and it's all been about fossil energy," said Majumdar. "Almost 80 to 90 percent of the energy we use is based on fossil, and the question is what we are going to do in the next 100 years."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - The Vice President of Google's Energy Initiative made a stop at the Oak Ridge National Lab Monday morning.    

Arun Majumdar was in town to talk about creating a new industrial revolution with sustainable energy.

As a former Director for the Department of Energy, Majumdar oversaw extensive research for creating new sustainable energy.

"It's all about energy and it's all been about fossil energy," said Majumdar. "Almost 80 to 90 percent of the energy we use is based on fossil, and the question is what we are going to do in the next 100 years."    

Now he is advising Google on how to be at the forefront of this new industrial revolution. A key component, he says, is reducing our dependency on foreign oil.

"We have no control over gas prices," said Majumdar. "The price is controlled by a global market and most of the fluctuations happen because of events internationally. We don't have our future in our own hands."

Majumdar also warns about the dangers that come with continuing our dependency on fossil fuels. Mainly climate change, but also a business opportunity that we risk missing if we don't act.

"The question is should we continue along this line and have our businesses and lives affected by fluctuating gas prices, or should we have things in our own hands and perhaps have a diversity of fuel sources," said Majumdar.

ORNL and the TVA have already begun research on some of the technology that could help do so like small modular reactors used to create more efficient nuclear energy, but Majumdar says more research needs to be done.

"We have global competition in this field so we need to move fast or other countries will dominate this market," said Majumdar. "It is a business opportunity."

The full video of the lecture will be posted on ORNL's YouTube page later this week.

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