I’ve added a few new articles to this site recently. Many of these are summarized in the article:
This series of articles starts however, with a Peak Oil Primer, in which I discuss many of the myths, truths and problems arising from impending peak oil.
I then go on to discuss the solutions to both peak oil and the averting of dangerous climate change in three stages. Firstly I look at the more “conventional” options, involving use of unconventional oil as well as shale gas and coal or nuclear energy. However, ultimately my conclusion is, they just can’t supply the output to cope and obviously a policy of relying on fossil fuel sources that are more carbon intensive than oil is in compatible with a policy of climate change mitigation.
Next I look at renewable energy. While growth is strong in this sector, it will need to grow a lot more quickly to cope. Further the real bottle neck for renewables is the need to “bunker” energy in some sort to match the difference’s between supply and demand. This will require a whole new set of energy storage and transmission infrastructure to be built worldwide. but currently there is no incentive to do this and unfortunately the construction of such infrastructure will likely be somewhat time consuming.
Also I discuss how it might be sensible to match demand in its various forms, with supply. For example the bulk of energy demand in a family home is for heat, thus a solar thermal unit on the roof (or a biomass boiler) seems like a good idea.
Finally I then discuss the benefits, if not the essential nature of energy efficiency and how useful it will be in closing the future energy gap. The fortunate fact is we are very energy wasteful in more society, so there’s plenty of room for improvement. Obviously if we can make our civilization less energy intensive, then Renewables have less ground to cover to make ends meet.