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Author Smil, Vaclav, author.

Title Energy transitions : global and national perspectives / Vaclav Smil.

Published Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]

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 UniM ERC  333.79 SMIL    AVAILABLE
Edition Second edition.
Physical description xi, 282 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Energy Systems: Their Basic Properties 1 -- Resources and Prime Movers 3 -- Conversions and Uses 11 -- Infrastructures and Impacts 16 -- Chapter 2 Energy Transitions: Universal Patterns 23 -- Processes and Paces: Complexities of Energy Transitions 25 -- Grand Fuel Sequence: From Biomass to Coal and Hydrocarbons 32 -- A New Quality: Generation of Electricity 49 -- History of Prime Movers: From Muscles to Machines 59 -- Quantifying the Transitions: Uncertainties and Trends 74 -- Chapter 3 National Transitions: Commonalities and Particularities 95 -- United Kingdom and France: Great European Powers 99 -- Netherlands and Sweden: Very Different Experiences 107 -- United States and Russia: Energy Superpowers 115 -- Japan and China: Asia's Leaders 130 -- Changing Patterns: Commonalities and Exceptions 139 -- Chapter 4 Decarbonization: Progress So Far 147 -- Slow Gains: Relative Global Decarbonization 148 -- Inadequate Shifts: Hydrocarbons and Primary Electricity 151 -- New Renewables: Solar Energy and Wind Electricity 154 -- Modern Biofuels: Electricity and Liquids 158 -- National Trajectories: Aspirations and Accomplishments 164 -- Chapter 5 Looking Ahead: Possibilities and Constraints 175 -- Long-term Forecasts: Past Failures and New Visions 178 -- Climate Change Challenge: How Much More CO₂ Can We Emit? 183 -- Indispensable Fossil Fuels: Steel, Cement, Ammonia, and Plastics 186 -- Pace of Transitions: Innovations, Inertia, and Surprises 192 -- Realistic Anticipations: More Than a Great Transition 207 -- Chapter 6 Recapitulations 223.
Subject Renewable energy sources.
Power resources.
ISBN 9781440853241
144085324X
9781440853258