Energy storage key to the ‘new Apollo’

Sir David King
Sir David King. Photo credit: World Economic Forum
Sir David King

Sir David King. Photo credit: World Economic Forum

A previous UK chief scientific adviser and the former founder-director of the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance have joined forces in calling for a global push to harness solar power with energy storage.

Writing in the Financial Times last week, David King and Richard Layard suggested a concerted effort by all G20 countries could “see bulk solar electricity supplied commercially at an unsubsidised price on a 24-hour basis.”

The duo likened the effort to that involved in getting a man to the moon and warned: “Storage is the most difficult challenge. Breakthroughs in the basic science of batteries are necessary. They are, however, feasible.”

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