Navigating the Energy Maze: The Transition to a Sustainable Future

Navigating the Energy Maze: The Transition to a Sustainable Future

by Roger James Kuhns, George H. Shaw

Hardcover(1st ed. 2018)

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This book examines the diverse types of energy, their resource abundance and the material needs to develop and use them, and how communities and cities can better control their own destinies by locally managing energy use and generation. This approach does not suggest the undoing of existing infrastructures and energy providers, but rather a cooperative transition from national-regional energy management to a more local-centered system. Finally, it provides a number of specific policy initiatives and strategies that can both facilitate and drive the process of evolution of our energy system to a sustainable future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319227825
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 02/10/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr. Roger Kuhns has over 35 years in mineral exploration and natural resources, water and energy resources, environmental remediation, renewable energy systems, and sustainability. His career in economic geology includes 14 years with BHP, five of which was as General Manager BHP for mineral exploration, petroleum field assessment, and mineral economics and development for Africa and the Mediterranean. Other mineral, energy and environmental jobs include Noranda Exploration (U.S. and Canada), Black & Veatch (Global – sustainability, renewable energy assessment, remediation, economic modeling, and strategic planning), and Applied Ecological Services (North America, including assessment of impacts and restoration approaches regarding the Alberta Tar Sands). Kuhns founded SustainAudit, LLC, a sustainable practices application company that integrates all energy systems, materials use, and food systems with the natural environment to ensure long-lasting resources and economic affordability leading to a high quality of life.

George Shaw has had a career as a professor of geosciences, and focused on geophysics, especially high-pressure measurements of elastic properties. He taught at University of Minnesota (14 years; Minneapolis, MN) and Union College (Schenectady, NY), as well as being awarded an NSF post-doctoral fellowship at Edinburgh, Scotland, and American Geophysical Union Congressional Science Fellowship. Dr. Shaw worked for a congressman from Washington State, on energy and environmental issues, and particularly on the formulation and passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982. At Minnesota he developed with a colleague a course in energy resources and policy, which they taught for about ten years and which he continued to teach at Union. The ongoing debate over energy policy and the emergence of climate change as an issue (some of us were talking about this way back in the 70’s) , but especially the profound lack of any kind of truly integrated policy from any side of the discussion, is the spur for this book.

Table of Contents

Sustainability: The Big Picture.- The Energy Labyrinth – An Evolutionary Strategy in Light of Energy Demands.- Drivers: Science, Engineering, Environment, Perception, Policy and Strategy for Energy Producers and Users.- Fossil (Chemical) Fuels: Reserves, Material Requirements, and Priorities.- Renewable (Thermomechanical) Energies: Resource Availability, Material Requirements and Priorities.- Nuclear (Radiogenic) Energy and Uranium.- The Real Cost of Energy.- Energy Infrastructure: Sectors, Scale, Efficiencies, and Reducing Threats and Risks.- Timelines and Opportunities: Past to Present to Future.- Future Scale of the Energy Economy: Community Focus.- Moving Forward on Energy Policy.- The Cost of Failure and the Boon of Success.

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