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Life after Fossil Fuels

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Inevitably, the day will come when oil supplies decline when oil is no longer affordable and plentiful. This book explores what happens come the time after peak oil. What are our options for replacing the fossil fuels that turn the great wheel of civilization? What alternatives should we deploy right now? Which technologies merit further research and development? Which ones are mere wishful thinking that, upon careful scrutiny, dematerialize before our eyes? The first few chapters of this book explore the ways we depend on oil, coal, and natural gas. Next, the book looks at hydrogen, wind, solar, geothermal, nuclear, batteries, catenary systems, fusion, methane hydrates, power2gas, wave, and tidal power and examines whether they can replace or supplement fossil fuels’ role in transportation, manufacturing, fertilizers, and electricity. And finally, we will examine what liquid biofuels or combustible biomass can do for us.

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Friedemann, A.J. (2021). Introduction. In: Life after Fossil Fuels. Lecture Notes in Energy, vol 81. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70335-6_1

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