Japan has no energy resources. Paradoxically, this might help Japan develop into an advanced country in terms of energy. Research is underway into ways to generate energy that don't depend on petroleum or nuclear power. Research is continually being carried out on biofuels that produce petroleum from algae, photosynthesis that generates energy from carbon dioxide, and waste power generation and renewable energy extending into multiple fields. Naturally there is concern over the balance between the speed of the development and consumption of energy, however, technological progress is likely to help dramatically improve the efficiency of energy consumption. Sensing and control technology will reduce energy waste in heating, cooling or lighting unoccupied areas. Also, the inefficiency of cars carrying only drivers, which causes serious congestion, may be gradually eliminated. Shifting from cars that are owned and driven by individuals to mobile, high-efficiency travel in which people share self-driving cars will result in a relative decrease in the number of cars. This will change the balance between the energy production and consumption.
Aug 22, 2017