Oil will run dry 90 years before alternatives become mainstream, says UC Davis study
UC Davis researchers are making a sobering prediction that alternative fuel and energy options won't be able to fill fossil fuel-level demand until 90 years after the global oil supply runs dry.The study, published Monday, makes a case for more ambitious targets for adoption of biofuel, battery, hydrogen, ethanol and other replacements.
Deb Niemeier, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, and postdoctoral researcher Nataliya Malyshkina examined existing public companies dealing in non-oil fuels such as BlueFire Ethanol Inc. of Irvine and Enova Systems Inc. of Torrance.
The technologies in the market “may not be able to occupy a sufficient enough niche in the market by the time we need them to,” Niemeier said in an e-mail.
-- Tiffany Hsu