We have an addiction to fossil fuels, and it’s not sustainable. How can we replace fossil fuels? How can we ensure security of energy supply? How can we solve climate change?
We’re often told that “huge” amounts of renewable power are available – wind, wave, tide, and so forth. But our current power consumption is also huge! To understand our sustainable energy crisis, we need to know how the one “huge” compares with the other. We need numbers, not adjectives.
This book shows how to estimate the numbers, and what those numbers depend on. Taking the United Kingdom as an example, it asks first “could Britain live on renewable energy resources along?” and second “how can a country like Britain make a realistic post-fossil-fuel energy plan that adds up?” It answers these questions in detail, bringing home the size of the changes that society must undergo if sustainable living is to be achieved. It’s not going to be easy to make an energy plan that adds
up – but it is possible.
David MacKay is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society research fellow at Darwin College. He is internationally known for his research in machine learning, information theory, and communication systems, including the invention of Dasher, a software interface that enables efficient communication in any language with any muscle. He has taught Physics in Cambridge since 1995. Since 2005, he has devoted much of his time to public teaching about energy. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change.
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Publisher: UIT Cambridge Ltd.
Page Count (est.): 366
Pub Date: 2/12/2008