Chapter

Energy Conversions:

Vaclav Smil

in Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195168754
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199783601 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195168755.003.0002
 Energy Conversions:

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Our civilization is based on massive consumption of fossil fuels. This chapter begins by examining technical advances of energy industries, before turning to energy transitions and the process of decarbonization of global energy supply. The second section deals with electricity production in general, and with nuclear generation (as well as nuclear weapons) in particular. The last section traces the invention and deployment of the only two new prime movers introduced during the 20th century: gas turbines and rocket engines.

Keywords: fossil fuels; energy industries; energy transitions; decarbonization; electricity; nuclear generation; nuclear weapons; gas turbines; rocket engines

Chapter.  22290 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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