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Energy touches our lives in numerous methods and its expenses are felt once we replenish on the fuel pump, pay our domestic heating accounts, and hold companies either huge and small operating. There are long term charges to boot: to the surroundings, as ordinary assets are depleted and pollutants contributes to worldwide weather switch, and to nationwide safeguard and independence, as a number of the world's present power assets are more and more focused in geopolitically volatile areas. The country's problem is to increase an power portfolio that addresses those matters whereas nonetheless offering adequate, cheap strength reserves for the nation.
the U.S. has huge, immense assets to place at the back of options to this strength problem; the hindrance is to spot which suggestions are the precise ones. earlier than figuring out which strength applied sciences to increase, and on what timeline, we have to comprehend them better.
America's power Future analyzes the potential for a variety of applied sciences for iteration, distribution, and conservation of power. This booklet considers applied sciences to extend power potency, coal-fired energy new release, nuclear strength, renewable power, oil and typical fuel, and replacement transportation fuels. It deals a close evaluate of the linked affects and projected expenditures of imposing every one know-how and categorizes them into 3 time frames for implementation.
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America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation PART 1 Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation 1 Context and Challenges T his report assesses the status of energy-supply and end-use technologies1 in the United States, both at present and over the next two to three decades. It is intended to inform the development of wise energy policies by our nation’s decision makers and to provide the technical underpinnings for more detailed explorations of key energy-policy options in the second phase of the National Academies America’s Energy Future (AEF) project.
1 Energy consumption in the United States in 2007 in quadrillions of British thermal units (quads). The figure illustrates the delivery of energy from primary fuel sources, which are shown in the boxes on the left side of the figure, to the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors, which are shown in the boxes at the center-right side of the figure. , corn ethanol); and (3) natural gas for heating and as an industrial feedstock. Small quantities of coal and biomass are also used as industrial feedstocks.
The committee also relied heavily on the reports of the three panels that were created as part of this Phase I study to undertake detailed examinations of energy efficiency technologies, alternative transportation fuels, and renewable-energy technologies. nap. record_id=12619). The AEF Committee used these panel reports to inform its judgments about energy supply and cost for the particular technologies involved. Selected members of these panels, including their chairs and vice chairs, also served on the authoring committee for the present report.
America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation by National Research Council (U. S.)