Seeing this full context of energy would have made the book stronger. My main complaint of the presentation is that he does not really take seriously the potential threats of climat The book is a clear analysis and critique of types of energy used, including coal, oil, natural gas, wind, and biofuels. Smil is more hopeful about hydroelectric when geographically possible and nuclear energy, though the latter has a serious public relations problem. He mentioned that wind can only work with good transmission network. Smil is more dubious about biofuels, which he argues are both inefficient and disruptive to food markets.
Now in its third edition, Introduction to Energy explores the crucial issues connected to modern energy technology and its uses. The global energy transition will be prolonged and expensive--and hinges on the development of an extensive new infrastructure. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada Science Academy , and the Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. While I look forward to reading other Smil books because of his reputation in the field, I hesitate to recommend Energy Myths and Realities. I admire his vast interdisciplinary knowledge and the fact that he chooses reality over ideologically driven wishful thinking that he tries to debunk in this book.
My favorite book by him is , a better title and subtitle there never was. In Energy Myths and Realities, Vaclav Smil brings a pragmatic view to popular ideas for our energy system of the last few decades: electric cars, nuclear, decentralized energy production, peak oil, carbon sequestration, biofuels, and wind power. Fossil fuels will be with us for a long time as we transition into an unknown future. Before we can create sound energy policies for the future, we must renounce the popular myths that cloud our judgment and impede true progress. Smil methodically sets out to show that the facts do not support either the romantics, who think we'll be saved by wind turbines, or the techno-optimists, who think that electric cars are right around the corner.
This leads me to the complaint that he has a technophilic mindset - that solutions will come because humans are so ingenious. Es wird herausgearbeitet, welche Weltregionen zukünftig in den Vordergrund treten und welche lokalen und überregionalen Entwicklungen den Ausbau der Produktion unkonventioneller Erdöle begünstigen. Energy Myths and Realities brings a scientific perspective to an issue often dominated by groundless assertions, unfounded claims, and uncritical thinking. Directed at a broad readership, it assumes no prior technical expertise and avoids complex mathematical formulations, continuing to provide a standard for introductory energy courses. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to the global energy challenge. Sein Publikum soll Spaß haben an Fragen, die es sich ohne Physik nie gestellt hätte. Of course, even these positive surprises take decades before they make a difference because of the gigantic scale of the global energy economy.
His points were convincing to me. Even in its early days, the U. He missed the political economy piece of the energy puzzle. Wenn man davon ausgeht, dass unkonventionelle Erdöle in den Kanon der Förderquellen aufgenommen werden, ist es interessant zu eruieren, welche Konsequenzen sich aus einer stärkeren Fokussierung auf sie ergeben. In this extraordinarily data rich book he discussed a number of myths and realities related to many aspects of energy. The example of Yucca mountain where the U. With this caveat I recommend it.
Should nuclear energy be adopted on a larger scale? Die Fragestellung umfasst ein breites Spektrum möglicher Ansatzpunkte: So ergibt sich die Frage, welche Veränderungen bei der Betrachtung einer zukünftigen Erdölversorgung als Ganzes wichtig sind, insbesondere die Verschiebung der Nachfrage durch Veränderungen der ökonomischen Gesamtzusammenhänge betreffend. Regardless of their environmental impact as noxious fumes or released greenhouse gases , ultimately humanity will have to transition away from fossil fuels for want of supplies. In fact, it went on to dominate the large marine and truck market within four decades after his death and much later by the 1990s it took a significant share of the European automotive market. Are ethanol and wind power viable sources of energy for the future? Description: xiv, 213 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm Contents: Introduction: Lost opportunities ; Persistent myths ; Challenging the myths -- pt. In Energy Myths and Realities, Vaclav Smil does a brilliant job of examining the crazy quilt of claims and assertions about energy.
He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada Science Academy , and the Member of the Order of Canada; in 2010 he was listed by Foreign Policy among the top 100 global thinkers. In certain locales and markets, they can make sense and pull their weight, but the chances of their supplanting coal and oil in terms of reliability and affordability are remote in the extreme. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate is a realistic approach to the energy crisis that encourages progress but at the same time realizes there is no silver bullet solution to America's energy issues. Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. It is very difficult to design the right incentives for reliability, transmission, storage and waste. This book explores how the transitions occur in fourteen developing countries and broadly surveys their technological, policy, financing, and institutional capacities in response to the three key aspects of energy transitions: achieving universal energy access, harvesting energy efficiency, and deploying renewable energy.
Sie werden als neue und systemverändernde Variablen in die Diskussion eingebracht. Smil's premises are wind capacity factors and power production per unit area estimates are overstated. A large lobby, which now extends even beyond the corn farmers, manages to keep the policy intact. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists--wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. Carbon Sequestration I agree with Smil here that sequestration is a distraction in the short-term. These are just a few of the misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as facts by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists--wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. Smil is right about that.
Vaclav Smil advises the public to be wary of exaggerated claims and impossible promises. Wer verstehen will, wie Papst und Kirche die großen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit bestehen wollen, kommt an diesem Werk nicht vorbei. His wife Eva is a physician and his son David is an organic chemist. I like his final note on the false analogy between solar efficiency improvements and Moore's Law. Description: 1 online resource xiv, 213 pages : illustrations, maps Contents: Introduction -- The future belongs to electric cars -- Nuclear electricity will be too cheap to meter -- Soft-energy illusions -- Running out: peak oil and its meaning -- Sequestration of carbon dioxide -- Liquid fuels from plants -- Electricity from wind -- The pace of energy transitions -- Conclusion: lessons and policy implications.
Energy reality, he reminds us, is determined by the free marketplace, not by words or wishes. And he published through the highly partisan American Enterprise Institute, which has used claims that energy transitions take time to denounce or block much needed advancement on climate policy. He continues to call for increased fuel efficiency standards in vehicles, and the gradual phasing in of alternatives on a regional basis where they do work. While he may sound pessimistic most of the time in the book by deeming many things as unrealistic, as an engineer I understand where he is coming from as there are always trade-offs in every solution offered. I admire his vast interdisciplinary knowledge and the fact that he chooses reality over ideologically driven wishful thinking that he tries to debunk in this book. Lastly, Smil makes an appeal to readers to evaluate energy literature in an unbiased way.