Global energy perspectives

Chemical challenges and sustainable energy conversion

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Abstract

This presentation will describe and evaluate the challenges, both technical, political, and economic, involved with widespread adoption of renewable energy technologies. First, we estimate the available fossil fuel resources and reserves. Secondly, we evaluate the greenhouse gas buildup limitations on carbon-based power consumption considering global population growth, increased global gross domestic product, and increased energy efficiency per unit of globally averaged GDP. Thirdly, we evaluate the level and timescale of R&D investment that is needed to produce the required quantity of carbon-free power by the 2050 timeframe, to support the expected global energy demand for carbon-free power. Fourth, we evaluate the energy potential of various renewable energy resources to ascertain which resources are adequately available globally to support the projected global carbon-free energy demand requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event237th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009 - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2009Mar 26 2009

Other

Other237th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, UT
Period3/22/093/26/09

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Energy conversion
Carbon
Renewable energy resources
Potential energy
Fossil fuels
Greenhouse gases
Free energy
Energy efficiency
Electric power utilization
Economics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Global energy perspectives : Chemical challenges and sustainable energy conversion. / Lewis, Nathan S.

ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. 2009.

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Lewis, NS 2009, Global energy perspectives: Chemical challenges and sustainable energy conversion. in ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. 237th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, 3/22/09.
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