Power Trip

Power Trip⚣ [PDF] ✅ Power Trip By Michael E. Webber ✰ – Heartforum.co.uk A global tour of energy the builder of human civilization and also its greatest threatEnergy is humanity's single most important resource In fact as energy expert Michael E Webber argues in Power Trip A global tour of energy the builder of human civilization and also its greatest threatEnergy is humanity's single most important resource In fact as energy expert Michael E Webber argues in Power Trip the story of how societies rise can be told largely as the story of how they manage energy sources through time In as we face down growing demand for and accumulating environmental impacts from energy we are at a crossroads and the stakes are high But history shows us that energy's great value is that it allows societies to reinvent themselves Power Trip explores how energy has transformed societies of the past and offers wisdom for today's looming energy crisis There is no magic bullet; energy advances always come with costs Scientific innovation needs public support Energy initiatives need to be tailored to individual societies We must look for long term solutions Our current energy crisis is real but it is solvable We have the power.


Power Trip PDF Ä Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Power Trip
  • Michael E. Webber
  • 17 June 2016
  • 9781541644397

10 thoughts on “Power Trip

  1. Omar Al Kaaki says:

    Although I count myself as an energy expert I didn't have the comprehensive understanding of energy which the book provides me with It provides a through historic timeline of energy and how it changed habits and lifestyles led to the formation of entire cities was the factor of winning and losing wars and shifted societies geographically and demographicallyI do have a comment; most of the examples are from the USA I know that the USA is probably the all time leading company on innovation technology and energy but the book heavily leans towards the USA to the extent that the author sometimes refer to it as weAnother comment would be that the book lacks the use of figures Although they're not essential but they would've been very useful in delivering the ideas

  2. John says:

    The author wrote an introductory book about why energy matters If you're interested in reading a book about why energy matters you probably already think that energy matters and want something deeper than a basic introductionHence my issue with this book it's written at a very basic level and doesn't add much insight for people who are already somewhat familiar with the subject I recommend skipping this one and reading The Grid instead

  3. Jim Razinha says:

    My mechanical engineering masters degree 2000 focused on energy management and I maintain a than passing interest in the subject both professionally and personally I reuested an advance review copy of this book last year and was approved but a glitch linked the wrong book and the publisher wasn’t able to resolve it so the offering site removed well the offer I finally cleared some room and got a chance to read it uite glad I did Dr Webber is an academic but he doesn't write like an academic can tend write This is an engaging narrative filled with history data details trivia problemsand solutions BLUF bottom line up frontan excellent readWebber says in his prologue that For thousands of years the story of energy was slow moving and incremental but in the last few hundred years in the developed world the energy story has become interestingThis is true for most technologies but as he observes energy is uniue no other physical factor in society has such a wide ranging impact on public health ecosystems the global economy and personal liberties Webber talks about what energy has done and can do and what the impacts of lack of sufficient energy are Webber lists Nobel laureate Richard Smalley's top ten problems for humanity 1 energy 2 water 3 food 4 environment 5 poverty 6 terrorism and war 7 disease 8 education 9 democracy and 10 population Energy comes out on top because it is integral to cracking the other nine Webber addresses those challenges from his perspective of energy availability and impact and breaks them out into six chapters of Water Food Transportation Wealth Cities and Security Details data and details but written in such an engaging way that even the detail averse should like this Some highlightsWater Everywhere nor any drop to drink The relationship of energy to water is as old as civilization intensifying in recent centuries Water provides mechanical power mills textiles saws etc and later electrical Dams are built to harness gravity and the motive force of water to drive electric generators But water also becomes steam to drive mechanical euipment Energy is need to move water to where it is not presumably where it is needed Water is used for food but also biofuels And water has been a historic waste stream Webber sharesIn the mid 1800s Londoners could solve their water problems by simply flushing waste farther along the Thames But today with a higher global population and bigger cities there is no “away”This is true of trash as well there is no away when we throw things away And when we pollute energy is needed to help clean water When hydropower is a source of energy and there are problems with the source drought there are can be interesting social implicationsearly 2016 Venezuela was suffering a significant drought Because the country gets a large fraction of its power from hydroelectric facilities the drought raised the risk of power shortages To help forestall a national crisis President Nicolás Maduro “urged women to stop using hairdryers and offered alternative styling tips as the country’s energy crisis continues” He even went on to say “I think a woman looks better when she runs her fingers through her hair and lets it dry naturally” That a president found it reasonable to give hairstyle suggestions to women is remarkable on many fronts but that he did so for reasons related to energy reliability is strikingThere is also a curious folk prohibition in parts of South Korea about not sleeping with a fan blowing on you and sometimes no air conditioningsomething about it being bad for the health I didn't investigate the origins but I had a theory that back when their post war electric grid was less than stable propagating that might help relieve some of the demand Anyway that ties to energy security as well as waterOn Food energy is reuired to raise crops and livestock create fertilizers to increase feed production For all of the increase in agricultural production energy is also reuired for processing packaging preparing preserving Illustrating packaging costs Webber talks about milk deliveries in the early 1970sThe milk was delivered in reusable glass containers When we were done we would set the empty containers on the porch for the milkman to take with him after making a fresh delivery That half gallon reusable glass milk container has about 4500 kilocalories of energy embedded in the manufacturing of the bottle itself 10 The half gallon of whole milk contained inside has less than 1300 kilocalories of energy That means the container has than three times as much energy in its materials as the liuid it carries Scale that up across all types of packaging at a national level and the embedded energy is significant which shows how valuable it is to reuse materials whenever possibleGood contrast And good point Another good illustrative point Webber considers lamb that the English like to eat It comes from New Zealand which at 10000 miles away seems to fly in the face of reason as to why not locally sourced lamb Factoring in the local transportation costs vs mass ocean transport with grains instead of grass feed and the commensurate water and other resources the life cycle energy makes the NZ lamb cost effectiveAs a conseuence even though the lamb from New Zealand is a world away it reuires less energy overallWebber talks about overabundance waste food security food for energy Biofuels too often some at the expense of people fuel food Corn is a good source of ethanol and with eventual depletion of fossil oils might be the primary source of liuid fuel in the futureWebber's chapter on Transportation covers human history water power to steam rail to internal combustion cars and trucks and jet engines for air travel And he notes to the challenges associated with our rapidly deployed carbon emissions He proposes a return to rail instead of trucks for freight and to disincentivise the smaller costly and polluting meansA carbon price and update to our gas tax model would likely encourage a lot of switching to rail for freight but increasing throughput ton miles on rail without other improvements could degrade other key performance metrics such as delivery time and reliability Since many freight customers are very sensitive to those factors commensurate investments have to be made in optimizing performance double tracking where possible adding new tracks and alleviating bottlenecksSmart idea and probably right but the corporate citizens and wrongwing will never agree Mobility is a problem in rural and urban environments; particularly in a large country Too far apart for mass transport in rural and too dependent on individual transport that densifies urbanWealth is tied to energy in a cyclical manner poverty is improved with access to energy; energy means economic opportunity And as energy creates wealth the wealthy consume energy Cities are intensive energy consumers waste concentrators Smart cities might have some mitigating effect but they are few and are struggling to figure out how to be smart My observations from working in a progressive municipality Wars are fought over energy Energy oil is used as a threat to security and to manipulate economies The oil wars in Ira in the early 1990s and early 2000s were defining military missions for Presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush but the idea that oil is worth fighting for is actually known as the Carter Doctrine In his 1980 State of the Union speech President Carter announced that the nation was willing to use military force to protect its interests in the Persian Gulf at the heart of the Middle East’s most active oil producing region As an expression of the Carter Doctrine the US military projects force around the world deploying the navy to keep sea lanes open so that oil tankers can move freely to their destinationsPiracy is now shifting to energy sources tankers taken hostage ransoming their contents Russia plays at strong arming Europe with its oil supply threatening shooting missiles near but not hitting a pipeline through Georgia in order to get support for another pipeline the NordStream 2 And then T helps his buddy at the expense of Europe alliesA decade later at a famous summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki President Trump recommended the NordStream 2 pipeline as a way for Europe to improve its energy security finally helping Russia achieve that goalThere is as you can imagine a lot depth and breadth than my cherry picked notes illustrate Webber concludes with his position that the grand challenge is responsibly improving access to the creative potential of energy Affecting the energy system there are six overarching demographic trends— population growth economic growth urbanization motorization industrialization and electrification driving energy demand On top of the demographic trends there are three technological trends society is becoming efficient everything is becoming information intensive and the rise of decentralization The environmental trend overarching all of that is our emissions which are dropping despite population and technologies increasing but not enough

  4. Andrea Dumont says:

    I am obsessed with this book It's relateable and easy to follow but covers critical analysis of our infrastructure And bonus he's from Austin so there's lots of tidbits about the moontowers and our biogas reactor It's fed into a lot of musing about our transportation water resources and future of our cities Just finishing up the chapter on national security and oil now I plan to give to my dad when I'm done

  5. José Joaquín says:

    Este libro para los amantes del tema energético puede ser enriuecedor Habla de la evolución de la energía y el impacto de esta en la sociedad además de las transformaciones ue ha ido causando Es enriuecedora y tiene un alto contenido de cultura general

  6. Stafford Via says:

    As a former student of Dr Webber’s I know him to be an effective communicator of complex subjects especially one as important as energy This book is well done and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it

  7. Lone Star Literary Life says:

    Reviewed by Si Dunn for Lone Star Literary Life

  8. Molly Grear says:

    Informative well paced

  9. Jose Joaquin says:

    Un recorrido por la evolución del uso de la energía Como se fue transformando el uso de esta y como fue impactando en la sociedad Es impresionante y te invito a leerlo

  10. Jack Rosenthal says:

    This book provides valuable historic insights into the many transformations of energy and water across the world It explains how people prosper or prosper not so well with and without energy and water I really like the insights into “future” options of energy and water transformations from changing population densities environmental challenges and outright technological change It is written by an accomplished engineer teacher and scientist leader Choose your interest and read that chapter Then move to other parts of the book This book can serve as a tool for young people looking at challenges in many countries energy and water issues to make world prosperity possible on larger scale and opportunities for great work yet to be tackled Thank you Dr Webber

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