Where Will Your Electrons Come From in 2030?

By Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics, PRNE
Saturday, June 4, 2011

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 5, 2011 -

- Cover Unique Global Energy Summit On-line

In 2030, when you plug in your toaster, car or smart phone, where will
the electricity come from? Or, will the electrons be there at all?

In the midst of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster and as summer peak
electricity demand looms in the northern hemisphere, world-leading energy
scientists, future leaders and a group of experienced advisors are meeting in
a unique think-tank experiment to envision how we can best prepare for a
sustainable and safe global electricity future.

Launches June 5th (to 9th) at 1:00pm with an Address from the Governor
General of Canada

Over four days of private working sessions, a panel consisting of a dozen
scientific experts will share and debate their visions and technological
expertise for the generation, distribution and storage of electricity looking
towards the year 2030, overseen by seasoned mentors and a forum of
next-generation leaders charting a course for implementation.

After half-a-century of promise, will fusion power finally deliver its
first electricity? Can we safely rely on recycling and re-using nuclear fuel?
Does our electricity future include paint-on photovoltaic panels that will
split water to produce hydrogen gas for electricity production?

"Our goal is to tackle the energy challenges of this century from a
scientific perspective first - and then factor in the economic, social and
environmental implications, leaving politics until last," says Wilson da
, moderator for the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030.

Over a dozen public events streamed live and on-demand

In tandem to the working sessions, the Equinox Summit aims to renew the
energy dialogue in homes across the globe through a series of plenary
sessions, topical lectures, and live panel debates on TVO's The Agenda with
Steve Paikin - all streamed live online and on-demand.

The Equinox Summit is the inaugural event of the Waterloo Global Science
Initiative and is taking place at Perimeter Institute - a world-leading
centre for theoretical physics.

"It's a perfect venue for a future-looking energy summit," says da Silva.

"Science has been the greatest single factor contributing to the health,
prosperity and the advancement of our civilization. It is transformative, and
that's the kind of power we need to tap in order to solve some of these
really gargantuan challenges."

Cover the event on-line - here's how:

- Watch over a dozen public events streaming live at

- Visit wgsi.org and sign up for our mailing list to receive daily
top takeaways and story ideas.

- Use the hashtag #EquinoxSummit, or glimpse inside the strategy sessions
with #EquinoxInside and a constant stream of photos at our wgsisummit
(www.flickr.com/photos/wgsisummit) Flickr stream

About WGSI

Founded in 2009, the non-profit Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI)
is a partnership between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the
University of Waterloo. WGSI aims to present highly focused international
conferences that can advance dialogue and catalyze the long-range thinking
necessary for scientific and technological solutions of the future.

Contact the Equinox Summit dedicated media newsroom for help arranging
interviews with event participants, or for media enquiries. The media room is
open June 5 to June 9.

    For further information:

    Equinox Summit Media Newsroom Contact:
    +1-519-569-7600 ext. 7506


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