Waiting for an energy miracle?

By The Wildcat 24 September 2012 15:12 GMT
The industry’s brainiacs are working on energy storage. And gas has a key role to play, Wildcat discovers. (BASF) The industry’s brainiacs are working on energy storage. And gas has a key role to play, Wildcat discovers. (BASF)

David Clarke doesn’t believe in miracles. The chief executive of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) frowns and stirs in his chair when asked to define the supernatural. “We’re not looking for it,” he tells the FT Global Energy Leaders Summit. “Physics doesn’t change. Every week, I get five letters about new technologies on my desk. It ain’t gonna happen,” he adds.

Clarke is part of a four-man panel that’s let itself in for some mischief. Their session’s called Breakthrough Technologies: Praying for an Energy Miracle - and their interrogator’s playing devil’s advocate. “What does an energy miracle look like?”