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Inspired by: workshops/meetings » “Cheap liquid fuel production from algae replaces oil by 2030”

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Workshop date

December 2009

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“Cheap liquid fuel production from algae replaces oil by 2030”


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Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
By mid-2010’s scientists in Europe discover new algae species from Mediterranean Sea which can be used very efficiently and very broadly in biofuel production. Soon after that the scientists discover a new scientific principle for producing huge quantities of cheap biofuel from the new algae species as well. Then international political leaders and organisations realize that algae is, not only a cheap and carbon neutral form of energy production, but also a good way to carbon caption form atmosphere. This is realized by customers around the world as well, which leads to huge demand on algae biofuel. Suddenly algae production become the globally accepted and heavily subsidised way to fight the climate change.




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By mid-2010’s scientists in Europe discover new algae species from Mediterranean Sea which can be used very efficiently and very broadly in biofuel production. This allows to get cheap energy with a very reduced level of pollution.


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
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Features of life if the wild card manifests

Feature 1: business models and industrial environment
Business models could change in connection with changed geopolitical equilibrium. Tropical and sub-tropical countries could get major importance. Tradictional sectors could die and other sectors could take their place
Feature 2: education and research environment
advanced research and education will be relised in these fields
Feature 3: consumers, markets and lifestyles
a new fuel market will arise, together with the market of lands and territories previously not valuable.
Feature 4: technology and infrastructure
New technologies, iduced economies and new infrastructures
Feature 5: politics and global affairs
new geopolitical alliances, trade. a revolution on the weights of countries at international level
Feature 6: health and quality of life
better quality of life and enhanced health
Feature 7: security and defence
end of oil wars.. beginning of other kind?

Type of event

Human planned (e.g. terrorist attack or funded scientific breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
A new development/situation
(e.g. a Romani state is established in central Europe; A message from an alien civilisation existing on a distant planet is received and understood, etc.

Type of systems affected





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Level 4: important for the whole world

Early indicators

(including weak signals)

technological breakthroughts

Latent phase

Obstacles for early indentification

economic filters (business/market interests)
political filters (party or ideological interests)

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

In a probably enclosed way (e.g. geographically, sectorally)

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Transformation of a system (e.g. new applications, change in stakeholders relations/influence)

Key drivers or triggers

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Driver / Trigger 1
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Driver / Trigger 2
Technological/Scientific breakthrought

Relevance for Grand Challenges

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particularly relevant Europe world
Energy security/dynamics
Economic prosperity/dynamics new equilibriums
Techno-security, hazard & risk new risks?

Relevance for thematic research areas

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particularly relevant
Energy new energy systems
Environment (including Climate Change) improved

 Features of a research-friendly ecology contributing to deal with the wild card

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particularly relevant
Strengthening the actors in the research-friendly ecology
(i.e. Research funding organisations, universities, businesses, Research and Technology Organisations, Researchers and Citizens)