Age Of Fire Is Over The A New Approach To The Energy Transition

Age Of Fire Is Over  The  A New Approach To The Energy Transition

Essays on the Future of Energy in Society, edited by G. J. Kramer and B. Vermeer. Amsterdam: Shell. Smil, V. (2017). Energy and Civilization. A History.

Author: Vincent Petit

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9781800610385

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

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The heart of the contemporary argument on climate change and energy transition focuses on how energy supply should be decarbonized to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.This book proposes an alternative approach.The Age of Fire Is Over: A New Approach to the Energy Transition finds that energy transitions are not driven by supply-side driven transformations but rather by evolutions in demand patterns.Exploring the potential of recently emerged key technologies, The Age of Fire Is Over argues that the so-called Energy Transition has not yet started. In the future, key technologies will significantly transform demand and provide services at a fraction of today's cost or offer new services not yet imagined. To a large extent, energy paradigm shifts are driven by such evolutions, largely inevitable and often unanticipated, because they provide societies with greater benefits: lower costs, more jobs, and rapid adaptation.This book closes with key novel recommendations for government institutions to accelerate the energy transition, which — instead of replicating an approach from the past — should focus on these demand transformations to both advance civilization and mitigate climate change.With Foreword by Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Schneider Electric Chief Executive Officer.
Categories: Business & Economics

Energy Economics and Ethics

Energy  Economics  and Ethics

Vaclav Smil, Energy and Civilization: A History (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017). 2. Richard Rhodes, Energy: A Human History (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018). 3. Douglas C. Dildy, Dambusters: Operation Chastise 1943 (Oxford: Osprey ...

Author: Kenneth Martens Friesen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781786606600

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

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We are in the midst of an enormous global energy transition happening before our eyes. Alternative energy forms including solar, wind, water, and bio-fuels are challenging the established energy sources that have fuelled the industrial era for the past century. As we look to this century’s energy future an examination of the past is important to understand how these choices will be made. What political, economic, and ethical lessons can be learned from how coal, oil, and natural gas became the power of the 20th century? Are those lessons instrumental in determining future decisions about emerging alternative energy choices? The opportunities and the risks involved in making, or not making these choices are enormous. Through case studies and examples of past and present development of energy sources, the story is told of the global energy industry. In its telling Energy, Economics, and Ethics wrestles with many of the difficult questions at the heart of the emerging global energy transition
Categories: Political Science

The Climate Crisis A Moderate Approach to the Energy Debate

The Climate Crisis  A Moderate Approach to the Energy Debate

41 Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (New York: HarperCollins, 2015). 42 Ibid. 43 Ian Morris, Foragers, ... 45 Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Norway's Petroleum History, ... Vaclav Smil, Energy and Civilization ...

Author: Miguel Angel Rondon Segura


ISBN: 9798985174496

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 258

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Are you a climate denier or climate believer? The subject of energy and climate have become so mainstream and intertwined with politics that today’s discussion has been split into these two antagonistic buckets, leaving no middle ground. You’re boxed from the beginning! The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body responsible for assessing the science related to climate change, and in their harshest scenario they point to temperatures raising by an average of 6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. At the same time, the goal to limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius was picked as a consensus figure among the scientific community. The reality is that we do not know the exact impact of exceeding this target, and we can only estimate and predict what could happen to the planet based on our interpretation of how systems respond. In this scenario, what do we do? Do we destroy the entire energy system as we know it? Do we ignore the potential problem? Or do we apply a business perspective and find solutions that allow us to maintain our lifestyles without the risk of making this planet uninhabitable? This book is about trying to bring the denier and believer sides together to analyze the energy problem from a systems and business perspective, by introducing key aspects of the energy debate, defining the problem, and presenting possible solutions. In essence: more profits, less carbon!
Categories: Business & Economics



In this magisterial book, Vaclav Smil offers systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations.

Author: Vaclav Smil

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262539685

Category: Nature

Page: 664

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A systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations. Growth has been both an unspoken and an explicit aim of our individual and collective striving. It governs the lives of microorganisms and galaxies; it shapes the capabilities of our extraordinarily large brains and the fortunes of our economies. Growth is manifested in annual increments of continental crust, a rising gross domestic product, a child's growth chart, the spread of cancerous cells. In this magisterial book, Vaclav Smil offers systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations. Smil takes readers from bacterial invasions through animal metabolisms to megacities and the global economy. He begins with organisms whose mature sizes range from microscopic to enormous, looking at disease-causing microbes, the cultivation of staple crops, and human growth from infancy to adulthood. He examines the growth of energy conversions and man-made objects that enable economic activities—developments that have been essential to civilization. Finally, he looks at growth in complex systems, beginning with the growth of human populations and proceeding to the growth of cities. He considers the challenges of tracing the growth of empires and civilizations, explaining that we can chart the growth of organisms across individual and evolutionary time, but that the progress of societies and economies, not so linear, encompasses both decline and renewal. The trajectory of modern civilization, driven by competing imperatives of material growth and biospheric limits, Smil tells us, remains uncertain.
Categories: Nature

A History of Solar Power Art and Design

A History of Solar Power Art and Design

At the end of 2019, the global installed capacity of all renewable energy was estimated to be 2,536 GW and solar power made up 586 GW of ... 17 Vaclav Smil, Energy and Civilization: A History (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2017), 5.

Author: Alex Nathanson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000412895

Category: Art

Page: 222

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This book examines the history of creative applications of photovoltaic (PV) solar power, including sound art, wearable technology, public art, industrial design, digital media, building integrated design, and many others. The growth in artists and designers incorporating solar power into their work reflects broader social, economic, and political events. As the cost of PV cells has come down, they have become more accessible and have found their way into a growing range of design applications and artistic practices. As climate change continues to transform our environment and becomes a greater public concern, the importance of integrating sustainable energy technologies into our culture grows as well. The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, design history, design studies, environmental studies, environmental humanities, and sustainable energy design.
Categories: Art

The Economics of Clean Energy

The Economics of Clean Energy

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2018. Vaclav Smil. Energy and Civilization: A History. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017. Michael E. Webber. Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2016.

Author: Kathryn Roberts

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781534504578

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 200

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As of 2017, 69 percent of Americans were in favor of restricting carbon emissions from coal power plants out of concern for climate change and the state of the environment, but can we afford to make the change to cleaner energy sources? This volume looks at the various alternative energy sources and their economic viability, exploring the debate about which path forward makes the most sense. Readers will gain a better understanding of the crossroads facing policymakers and the energy sector and be empowered to form their own opinions about how this urgent issue should be addressed.
Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction

Energy the Great Driver

Energy  the Great Driver

Energy and work are critical to all aspects of life on this planet and indeed to non-biological events such as ... Vaclav Smil in his recent magisterial volume Energy and Civilization: A History [5] reaffirms this basic premise: all ...

Author: R. Gareth Wyn Jones

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786834256

Category: Science

Page: 160

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This book describes the long-term four billion-year context of anthropogenic climate change, and seeks to explain our inability to respond positively to its challenges. It argues that the availability of energy and the consequential capacity to do work and exert power has, over this time, defined the trajectory of life on planet Earth as well as many of its physiochemical characteristics. Six major historic energy revolutions are recognised – energising of the first living cell; harvesting the Sun’s energy; emergence of complex eukaryotic cells; hominid use of fire/cooking for brains not brawn; agriculture, more food and urban life; fossil fuel bonanza and the industrial revolution – and we are now in the midst of the seventh revolution, responding albeit reluctantly to anthropogenic global climate change. 'Given the huge inequalities in wealth and lifestyle, the energy and consequently CO2 footprints of the jet-setting elite from any country must be at least double, probably, treble, the mean, even the ‘rich’ countries. Energy use permeates all aspects of modern life. This is supplied largely by burning fossil fuels. Regrettably, it appears that the non-catastrophic-resolution of one of humanity’s gravest problems, global warming, is made more difficulty by nature of the homeostatic mechanisms that have historically modulated human behaviour.' - Read more about this on page 14
Categories: Science

Environmental Histories of the First World War

Environmental Histories of the First World War

The first part of this chapter, therefore, briefly reviews the place of energy research in historical analysis. ... a historically minded geographer, see Vaclav Smil, Energy and Civilization: A History (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017).

Author: Richard P. Tucker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108429160

Category: History

Page: 320

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Surveys the ecological impacts of World War I, showing how the war had a global impact on the environment.
Categories: History

Beyond Oil and Gas

Beyond Oil and Gas

Energy. Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability. Washington, DC: Island Press. BP Statistical Review of World Energy. (accessed 30 January 2018). ... Energy and Civilization: A History.

Author: George A. Olah

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9783527338030

Category: Science

Page: 496

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Completely revised and updated, the third edition of this bestseller discusses the concept and ongoing development of using methanol and derived dimethyl ether as a transportation fuel, energy storage medium, and as a chemical raw material to replace fossil fuels. The contents have been expanded by 35% with new and up to date coverage on energy storage, methanol from biomass and waste products, as well as on carbon dioxide capture and recycling. Written by the late Nobel laureate George Olah, Alain Goeppert and G. K. Surya Prakash, this is an inspiring read for anyone concerned with the major challenge posed by environmental problems including global warming and ocean acidification due to massive increase in fossil fuel use. The book provides a comprehensive and sustainable solution to replace fossil fuels in the long run by chemical recycling of carbon dioxide through renewable methanol utilizing alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and nuclear. The Methanol Economy is being progressively implemented in many parts of the world.
Categories: Science

The Routledge Companion to Big History

The Routledge Companion to Big History

2010b, Energy transitions: History, requirements, prospects, Greenwood Publishing Group, Santa Barbara, CA. ——— 2017, Energy and civilization: A history, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. Spier, F 1996, The structure of big history: From the ...

Author: Craig Benjamin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000186581

Category: History

Page: 486

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The Routledge Companion to Big History guides readers though the variety of themes and concepts that structure contemporary scholarship in the field of big history. The volume is divided into five parts, each representing current and evolving areas of interest to the community, including big history’s relationship to science, social science, the humanities, and the future, as well as teaching big history and ‘little big histories’. Considering an ever-expanding range of theoretical, pedagogical and research topics, the book addresses such questions as what is the relationship between big history and scientific research, how are big historians working with philosophers and religious thinkers to help construct ‘meaning’, how are leading theoreticians making sense of big history and its relationship to other creation narratives and paradigms, what is ‘little big history’, and how does big history impact on thinking about the future? The book highlights the place of big history in historiographical traditions and the ways in which it can be used in education and public discourse across disciplines and at all levels. A timely collection with contributions from leading proponents in the field, it is the ideal guide for those wanting to engage with the theories and concepts behind big history.
Categories: History