Powering the Future

Powering the Future

How We Will (eventually) Solve the Energy Crisis and Fuel the Civilization of Tomorrow

Book - 2011
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"In Powering the Future, Nobel laureate Robert B. Laughlin transports us two centuries into the future, when we've ceased to use carbon from the ground-either because humans have banned carbon burning or because fuel has simply run out. Boldly, Laughlin predicts no earth-shattering transformations will have taken place. Six generations from now, there will still be soccer moms, shopping malls, and business trips. Firesides will still be snug and warm. How will we do it? Not by discovering a magic bullet to slay our energy problems, but through a slew of fascinating technologies, drawing on wind, water, and fire. Powering the Future is an objective yet optimistic tour through alternative fuel sources, set in a world where we've burned every last drop of petroleum and every last shovelful of coal"--Provided by publisher.
"In considering the end of fossil fuel, Laughlin foresees the birth of a conventional synthetic fuel industry. Present-day oil companies already have the catalytic synthesis technologies capable of converting any carbon-containing substance--coal, trash, trees--into conventional fuels. Meanwhile, energy from the sun and wind is likely to be cheaper than energy made from biomass. However, long-term storage facilities must be built for this power to last. Powering the Future is an objective yet optimistic tour through alternative fuel sources"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2011
Description: vii, 224 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780465022199
Branch Call Number: 333.79 Lau


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johnf108 Mar 17, 2012

Robert Laughlin [physics prof. Stanford and Nobel winner] discusses the time frames, costs [all in], benefits for enviornment [and costs of each] of current and proposed energy sources.

Very interesting book and discouraging !

MMMMMMMMMM Oct 27, 2011

I read this book with the expectation of learning more about the future of solar energy. On that topic this volume is totally lacking.

Its treatmnt of more exotic tpics such as underwater geothermal and methane from trash and animal waste are interesting, if your interest is primarily with the science of how it all works.

The most interesting chapter is actually the first, which introduces a visionary, yet quite unorthodox view of the future of alternative energy as a whole. It is well worth checking this out solely to consider this chapter in detail.

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