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 Based on the best international and national statistical sources, the second edition of Energy Transitions Global and National Perspectives supplies an in depth evaluation of how economies and nations around the world are striving to move away from traditional energy sources, the unfolding decarbonization process, and problems with intermittent energies and national transition plans It supplies readers with a clear introduction to the basic properties of energy systems and key concepts of their appraisal, puts energy transition patterns in long term historical perspective, and looks at the energy transition in eight of the world s leading economies The last chapters focus on the advances in the decarbonization of the global energy supply and consider how the energy transition will continue in the coming decades This fully updated and substantially expanded edition addresses the many new developments affecting energy supply, such as the recent expansion of hydraulic fracturing, oil price fluctuations, the Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe, advances in solar and wind generation, adoption of combined cycle gas turbines, and increased availability of electric cars The coverage highlights the differences in the pace of transitions in various countries, thereby providing a complete and accurate picture of the current state of energy development in different parts of the world The book serves as an invaluable resource for students as well as for anyone interested in a realistic appraisal of the current state of energy transitions in various nations and regions and the likely future development of the global energy supply 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


3 thoughts on “Energy Transitions: Global and National Perspectives

  1. Radu Antoniu Radu Antoniu says:

    After reading this I understood that the level of effort required to transition to renewable energy must be way, way higher that what we re doing right now.What I liked the most about it is that the book starts with first principles like how big are the energy flows we can tap to create electricity solar radiation, wind, geothermal, water runoff, etc Then what their power density is Then how efficient our solar panels and wind turbines are Then how fast we could put them in place Then what materials are required for their construction Then what do we do about things we can t create using electricity like plastics and steel Then the pace of past energy transitions in different countries Then what is required to move to renewable energy.I highly recommend this


  2. Marcia Lessler Heaney Marcia Lessler Heaney says:

    According to author Vaclav Smil, President Barack Obama s energy policy has raised unrealistic expectations for rapid energy transitions The degree of disappointment will be phenomenal, Smil warned in an interview with the New York Times in November 2008 There will be precious little rapid change, as energy systems are inherently inertial and energy transitions take decades to accomplish.


  3. Steven Gallaher Steven Gallaher says:

    It is a great book However, the webpage said it was in hardcover The book delivered was paperback It was a Christmas present so I was disappointed Not what I was expecting for 60 The content is amazing though.