Powering the planet

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The scale or extent of energy challenge, a description of the problem and the possible solutions to the problem are presented. The problem of producing energy in a sustainable way is too high that it is required to calibrate its scale. Toasters are considered to be 100 times energy-intensive that has been recorded by the average typical home electricity demand. Eighty-five percent of the amount of energy resources is represented by fossil energy, with oil, gas, and coal contribution. Biomass is renewable when replanting and reforesting of crops take place at a rate commensurate with the burning of those crops for energy. Some of the other renewable resources include solar thermal energy, geothermal energy, and tidal power. Economic growth and population growth is expected to conspire with the help of exponential compounded, leading to triple the demand within the year 2050.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808-820
Number of pages13
JournalMRS Bulletin
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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