Energy and the Industrial Revolution: Past, Present and Future
Arun Majumdar discusses a variety of research opportunities and challenges in stationary power and transportation systems that could enable the transition of our energy economy to a sustainable one. Science has shown that our current course of a fossil-based economy is unsustainable. Majumdar explains that the choice that our society is asked to make is often posed as follows: Should we continue our exponential economic growth based on fossil fuels and ignore the environment, or should we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions at the cost of our economic growth? He argues that this is a false choice because it is based on extrapolating the past and does not account for the capacity of research based on science and engineering to create a new industrial revolution for a sustainable energy future.
|Energy and the Industrial Revolution: Past, Present and Future|
|Powering the Future
This is a four-part documentary series presented by biologist M. Sanjayan, forecasting the world of energy in the not-too-distant future.
|Harnessing Fusion Energy: The Power of Light
Our future health, happiness and economic well-being depends on producing plentiful, inexpensive, carbon-free energy that is available 24 hours/day, worldwide.
|Geothermal Energy: Harnessing the Heat beneath Your Feet
Right below your feet is a source of renewable energy that is largely untapped. It heats groundwater by conduction and convection as it travels toward the surface of the earth.
|Green Power: Making Electricity out of Thin Air
Learn how state-of-the-art science and engineering can be used to utilize more clean, green energy from both the wind and the sun, right out of thin air.
|Marine Energy Technology: Waves and Currents
Margot Gerritsen, associate professor of Energy Resource Engineering at Stanford University, discusses the viability of marine energy technology.
|Commercializing Advances in Energy Efficiency
Achieving energy efficiency will require more efficient buildings, replacing lighting with LED lights, installing web-based control of load, storing electricity during off-peak periods, and educating people to appreciate energy efficiency.
|Energy Decisions, Markets, and Policies
This course examines the choices and constraints regarding sources and uses of energy by households, firms, and governments through a number of frameworks to describe and explain behavior at various levels of aggregation.