Trends & Future Projects

A selection of trends and future projects we are currently tracking and researching

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The US Offshore Wind Opportunity

2020 - 2050

The United States has a vast offshore wind energy sector. Our shores possess a power potential of more than 2,000 gigawatts (GW), nearly double the nation's current electricity use. This potential presents an enormous opportunity to deliver large amounts of clean and reliable electricity to the country’s largest population centers, where it’s needed most. 

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The need for additional pipelines

2020 - 2030

Canada has limited pipeline infrastructure to move oil and natural gas. The need for new pipelines and pipeline expansions are required to provide access to new markets and to serve existing markets more efficiently.

Canada needs more pipelines in all directions to move our growing oil and natural gas supply to more customers. A number of pipeline projects are proposed to continue supporting U.S. markets, plus growing markets in India and China, including the Trans Mountain Expansion project and the Coastal GasLInk pipeline that will move natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada facility on the West Coast.

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The need for increased food production by 2050

2020 - 2050

When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet. Various studies exist, some say we need to double production whilst others point to between a 25% and 70% increase. Either way, globally, we're building a staggeringly large number of high-tech food and beverage plants.

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Future Mobility & Electrification

2020 - 2035

A number of forces are converging to change the way people and goods travel from point A to point B. The resulting new mobility ecosystem could have wide-reaching impacts that span a host of industries and players.

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Global Urbanization & Wealth

2020 - 2050

The proportion of a country's population living in urban areas is highly correlated with its level of income. Urban areas offer economies of scale and richer market structures, and there is strong evidence that workers in urban areas are individually more productive, and earn more, than rural workers. A long list of cities both new and old need to essentially rebuild their power grids to cater for both new highs in peak load and vastly increased consumption as well as other utilities like water and sewage and forward looking transportation and infrastructure systems. Generally the global increase in wealth points to robust growth and healthy  competition across all sectors and products and includes luxury goods.

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Recycling Plastics & eWaste

2020 - 2050

Plastics reuse and recycling could generate profit-pool growth of as much as $60 billion for the petrochemicals and plastics sector, representing nearly two-thirds of its possible profit-pool growth over the period

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Supergrid Infrastructure

2020 - 2050

A super grid or supergrid is a wide-area transmission network that makes it possible to trade high volumes of electricity across great distances. It is sometimes also referred to as a "mega grid". Super grids can support a global energy transition by smoothening local fluctuations of wind energy and solar energy. In this context they are considered as a key technology to mitigate global warming. The latest generation of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power lines can transmit energy with losses of only 1.6% per 1000 km. China supports the idea of a global, intercontinental super grid. For a super grid in the USA, a study estimated an 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in combination with the installation of renewable energy. 

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US economy and 4IR

2020 - 2030

The US economy is expected to grow by $11.6 trillion by 2030, This is especially exciting as most of this growth will not just be enabled by but also as a result of 4IR. 4IR (The Fourth Industrial Revolution) is a way of describing the blurring of boundaries between the physical, digital, and biological worlds. It's a fusion of advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, genetic engineering, quantum computing, and other technologies

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Egyptian new dawn

2020 - 2030

By 2030 the population of Egypt is projected to grow 30% to 128 million people and the economy is expected to grow by around $7 trillion from $1.2t to $8.2t placing Eqypt as the worlds 7th largest economy. Opportunity exists across sectors. 

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Increasingly Offroad

2020 - 2050

As technology develops, wind turbines are increasing in size and scale. Recent averages have been around 80-meter long blades and weigh 35 tons each. This soon will average 120-meter and up to 60 tons. Additionally, farms are becoming much more frequent but we are seeing increasingly off-road, mountainous, and remote. We examine and highlight cost-effective tools for this work. 

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The Growth of Hyperscale Data Centers

2020 - 2030

Most of the 504 hyperscale facilities (40 percent) are in the US, the highest rates of growth have been in Europe and Asia-Pacific. China, Japan, the UK, Germany, and Australia now account for 32 percent of the total. Amazon and Microsoft launched more than half of all new data centers in the last year. Google and Alibaba were the next most active companies. These are gigantic steel structures with mega-truss and columns, often with both heating, cooling systems as well as typically dual grid power connection requirements, substantial standby power systems. Most of these principals now opting for 100% renewable energy in addition to the above.

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Offshore Construction Vessel Boom

2020 - 2030

We estimate that around 200 offshore construction vessels (in various configurations) will be needed and potentially be built in North America alone over the next decade or so. 

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The Emerging Hydrogen Economy

2020 - 2050

The term ‘Hydrogen Economy’ refers to the vision of using hydrogen as a clean, low-carbon energy resource to meet the world’s energy needs, replacing traditional fossil fuels and forming a substantial part of a clean energy portfolio. According to the Hydrogen Council, the international hydrogen market could be worth up to US$2.5 trillion by 2050, meeting 18 percent of global energy demand, providing 30 million jobs around the world, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 6 gigatonnes per year. 

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Essential Mining

2020 - 2050

Governments around the world are preparing to implement their 2050 emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement, many of which will hinge on a transition to renewable energy sources for electricity generation and transportation. It is estimated that the share of energy from renewables needs to increase from 14% to 44% in order to meet the goal of keeping global temperatures below 2°C from pre-industrial times. What is it going to take to scale up renewables in such a short period of time? The answer might surprise you: Mining.

Clean technologies rely on a variety of minerals, principally cobalt, nickel, lithium, copper, aluminum, silver, and rare earths. Dwindling mineral basins are leading mining companies to remote locations with limited infrastructure, often building out entire communities to support their mining operations. The complexities mining companies face in far-flung locations are enormous and so is the machinery, duplicate and even triplicate spares, power generation and related infrastructure.

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Hydro Power & Small Hydro Growth

2020 - 2040

Between 2000 and 2017, nearly 500 GW in hydropower installed capacity was added worldwide, representing an increase of 65 percent, with growth since 2010 already outstripping that recorded in the first decade of the century. Significant untapped hydropower potential; much of the sector’s future growth is expected to come from Africa and Asia. According to the International Energy Agency, in order to meet the main energy-related components of the Sustainable Development Goals, including the below two degrees Celsius commitment of the Paris Agreement, an estimated 800 GW of additional hydropower will need to be brought online over the next two decades.