The Price of Doing Nothing: The World’s Energy Future

Join Chicago Council on Science and Technology for a discussion on what the future of energy could be from 6-8 pm on Thursday, October 24 at Northwestern University’s Baldwin Auditorium on the Chicago campus located at 303 E. Superior Street. Dr. George Crabtree, Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory will lead the discussion.


A new international energy landscape is emerging as developing countries create their energy infrastructures. What will they look like? And as new energy technologies move away from fossil fuels toward more sustainable sources and uses, the current infrastructure in developed countries won’t do. Promising R&D opportunities that promote vibrant, interactive and rapidly advancing national and global societies in 50 years will be analyzed. Crabtree has led workshops for the Department of Energy on topics such as hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, materials under extreme environments, and basic science for energy technology. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.


This event is free for C2ST members, but $5 for students and $20 for non-members. Visit to register. Discounted parking will be made available at 222 E. Huron to the first 50 attendees. Note: Registration begins at 5 pm.