The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
Remember, using resistance heaters with clean power is better than having a gas furnace, despite being an insanely wasteful use of electricity, and not everyone can use heat pumps.
In a (part-)nuclear grid, central heating can obviate this requirement.
For that matter, there is no good reason why we have to replace all current uses of fossil fuels with electricity: Heating requirements can be wholly obviated via appropriate architecture, even in Northern Finland in the winter; the need for transportation can be greatly abridged with improved city planning and settlement patterns; shipping can, for all non-perishable commodities, be powered by sail. The only major uses of fossil fuels I can think of off-hand are air travel (which will need to be replaced by trains and ships), industrial heat sources like furnaces and electricity generation for existing electricity demand.
This will kill the suburbs and radically alter the rural areas, of course. But our way of life is negotiable - the laws of physics are not.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
What's really interesting is that Swedish power consumption has been pretty flat since 1985 (when the latest nukes came online), but the amount of electrical heating has steadily fallen, after the initial surge in use.
Essentially, the growth in power demand due to economic growth has been hidden by the constant draw-down of electric heaters. Now that that low value-added use of power has more or less been phased out, new generating capacity will be needed to fuel future economic growth.
The idea that the linkage in growth in GDP and power consumption in Sweden has been fundamentally broken, is going to be shown to be an empty shell. This means the projected power surplus of the future will fail to materialise.
Did I mention it would be totally cool to make a study where one can try to falsify this hypothesis? ;)
Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
If you are interested in trying to make such a study, I would guess this institution might be interested:
Chalmers: Energi och miljö: Fysisk resursteori
På avdelningen för fysisk resursteori bedriver vi tvärvetenskaplig forskning och utbildning inom områden som hållbar utveckling, energisystem i ett klimatperspektiv, industriell ekologi samt komplexa system.
by Frank Schnittger - Mar 22 12 comments
by ARGeezer - Mar 17
by Frank Schnittger - Mar 17 15 comments
by gmoke - Mar 15 3 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Mar 8 21 comments
by Luis de Sousa - Mar 6 4 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Mar 9 25 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Mar 3 6 comments
by THE Twank - Mar 25
by Frank Schnittger - Mar 2212 comments
by THE Twank - Mar 21
by ARGeezer - Mar 17
by Frank Schnittger - Mar 1715 comments
by THE Twank - Mar 172 comments
by gmoke - Mar 153 comments
by THE Twank - Mar 13
by Frank Schnittger - Mar 925 comments
by THE Twank - Mar 92 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Mar 821 comments
by Luis de Sousa - Mar 64 comments
by THE Twank - Mar 5
by Frank Schnittger - Mar 36 comments
by THE Twank - Mar 15 comments
by THE Twank - Feb 27
by ATinNM - Feb 2616 comments