Last week’s poll: priorities for energy research

Priorities for energy R&D are high on the government’s agenda. With overseas companies supplying technology for the latest nuclear reactors, how should these future energy technologies be prioritised for funding?

Carbon capture and storage is clearly low on our readers’ priorites, judging from the results of last week’s poll. Only 4.5 per cent of the 200 respondents thought that CCS should be the highest priority for energy research, despite its applicability to the technologies which currently produce the largest proportion of the UK’s electrical and thermal energy. Future nuclear technologies rated highest, with a total of 64 per cent of respondents putting it at the top of their list of priorities; 32 per cent thought that renewables deserved the highest priority. In every answer where CCS wasn’t the first listed option, the score was higher if it were listed third rather than second.

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What’s your opinion on this? Why is nuclear research so highly rated, when the next generation to be built has already been designed by overseas contractors? Why is CCS so far down the list of priorities? How should our energy research funding be prioritised? Let us know below.