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Energy transitions : global and national perspectives

Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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This book provides a detailed, global examination of energy transitions, supplying a long-term historical perspective, an up-to-date assessment of recent and near-term advances in energy production technology and implementation, and an explanation of why efforts to limit global warming and to shift away from fossil fuels have been gradual. * Presents historical coverage of energy production, energy use, and key  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smil, Vaclav.
Energy transitions.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
(DLC) 2016036088
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vaclav Smil
ISBN: 9781440853241 144085324X
OCLC Number: 955778608
Description: xi, 282 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Energy Systems: Their Basic Properties --
Resources and Prime Movers --
Conversions and Uses --
Infrastructures and Impacts --
ch. 2 Energy Transitions: Universal Patterns --
Processes and Paces: Complexities of Energy Transitions --
Grand Fuel Sequence: From Biomass to Coal and Hydrocarbons --
A New Quality: Generation of Electricity --
History of Prime Movers: From Muscles to Machines --
Quantifying the Transitions: Uncertainties and Trends --
ch. 3 National Transitions: Commonalities and Particularities --
United Kingdom and France: Great European Powers --
Netherlands and Sweden: Very Different Experiences --
United States and Russia: Energy Superpowers --
Japan and China: Asia's Leaders --
Changing Patterns: Commonalities and Exceptions --
ch. 4 Decarbonization: Progress So Far --
Slow Gains: Relative Global Decarbonization --
Inadequate Shifts: Hydrocarbons and Primary Electricity --
New Renewables: Solar Energy and Wind Electricity --
Modern Biofuels: Electricity and Liquids --
National Trajectories: Aspirations and Accomplishments --
ch. 5 Looking Ahead: Possibilities and Constraints --
Long-term Forecasts: Past Failures and New Visions --
Climate Change Challenge: How Much More CO2 Can We Emit? --
Indispensable Fossil Fuels: Steel, Cement, Ammonia, and Plastics --
Pace of Transitions: Innovations, Inertia, and Surprises --
Realistic Anticipations: More Than a Great Transition --
ch. 6 Recapitulations.
Responsibility: Vaclav Smil.

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This book provides a detailed, global examination of energy transitions, supplying a long-term historical perspective, an up-to-date assessment of recent and near-term advances in energy production technology and implementation, and an explanation of why efforts to limit global warming and to shift away from fossil fuels have been gradual. * Presents historical coverage of energy production, energy use, and key technical and economic factors that affect the currently unfolding transitions * Offers insightful analysis of energy transitions on both the national and global scale to explain the possibilities and limitations of the process. Supplies a critical appraisal of new renewable conversions that makes clear their advantages and potential benefits as well as their inherent unavoidable limitations * Enables general readers to gain an in-depth understanding of energy transitions from the perspective of an acclaimed scientist with expertise in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, technical innovation, and public policy.

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