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Designing the Energy System of the Future describes a pathway toward a sustainable energy supply for the world, largely based upon existing technologies, which eliminates the dangers of climate change. This system enables economic growth and an improved standard of living, even in the face of a growing population on earth. While the drivers for these changes are global, the solutions for each country will have to be individualized depending on the geography and available energy resources. In general, the move is toward electrification and a de-carbonization of the energy system, that is, abandoning or replacing most fossil sources of energy. As the necessity for a secure, sustainable and affordable supply of energy for a growing population looms front and center, this book is an ideal reference. It is intended to provide a fact-based description of the presently available technology options and the most urgent additional developments.

Key Features:

  • Outlines how the population growth, industrialization, and increase in standard of living have put the world on an unsustainable, dangerous path toward increasing health risks and climate change.
  • Explores how existing technologies can be used to generate electricity without producing CO2 and to accommodate the energy needs for industry and commerce as well as living in the health and comfort for an increasing population.
  • Describes a pathway for creating a global, sustainable, and efficient energy system that is affordable and enables economic growth, a comfortable standard of living and improved health, while eliminating the dangers of climate change.

About the Author

Wolfgang Eberhardt studied Physics in Giessen and Hamburg. After graduating in 1978, he was a postdoc and Assistant professor at University of Pennsylvania (United States). In 1983, he joined the corporate research lab of EXXON (United States). In 1991, he was appointed as a director of the Institute “Electronic Properties” at IFF Jülich and professor at Univ. of Cologne (Germany); in 2001, he was appointed as a scientific director of BESSY in Berlin and professor at the TU Berlin. In 2003, he received an honorary PhD from Uppsala University. From 2009 to 2011, he was director at HZB for “Energy Research” and since 2011 he is at DESY-CFEL. In 2016, he retired from TU Berlin.

He is most notably known for his achievements in using synchrotron radiation and electron spectroscopy for the characterization of the electronic properties of materials. At EXXON, he developed and characterized materials for photovoltaics and catalysis; and since joining CFEL at DESY, he is studying the materials properties and electron dynamics of organic materials for PV applications. He was member of the directorate (2009–12) and spokesperson (2011) of the renewable energy research association (FVEE) in Germany. He co-authored two reports of the DOE (United States) and one for the BMU (Germany) on building the future energy system based upon renewable energies.

The first chapter is available for download as a preview at the link below. Please check back on the 25th of June for the full release of the publication, available on ScienceDirect.

Designing the Energy System of the Future - Chapter 1