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Title: Toward a solar civilization

Abstract

For the foreseeable future, mankind will have to shift increasingly to coal and fission to replace dwindling supplies of petroleum and natural gas. Fusion is still an unproven tachnology with commercialization perhaps 50 years away. Most solar technologies are proven, but it is believed it is and will remain too expensive to collect and store for the bulk of the energy requirements. The capital needed for solar conversion technologies is discussed, followed by a discussion of this technology regionally. The potentials of low-temperature solar heat, solar electricity, and chemical fuels from solar energy are discussed. The fundamental question is whether there will be adequate incentivies for energy supply changes to be made. Technological innovations heretofore created new opportunities--railroads, automobiles, electronics. Solar energy will provide just another way to boil water or generate electricity. 21 references. (MCW)

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Princeton Univ., NJ
OSTI Identifier:
5008565
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Bull. At. Sci.; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 33:8
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; SOLAR ENERGY CONVERSION; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; ECONOMICS; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; LEGAL ASPECTS; SOCIAL IMPACT; SOLAR AIR CONDITIONERS; SOLAR SPACE HEATING; SOLAR WATER HEATERS; TRANSPORT; AIR CONDITIONERS; APPLIANCES; CONVERSION; ELECTRIC APPLIANCES; ENERGY CONVERSION; GAS APPLIANCES; HEATERS; HEATING; SOLAR COOLING SYSTEMS; SOLAR HEATING; SPACE HEATING; WATER HEATERS; 299001* - Energy Planning & Policy- Solar- (1989-); 140300 - Solar Energy- Economic, Industrial, & Business Aspects

Citation Formats

von Hippel, F., and Williams, R.H. Toward a solar civilization. United States: N. p., 1977. Web. doi:10.1080/00963402.1977.11458415.
von Hippel, F., & Williams, R.H. Toward a solar civilization. United States. doi:10.1080/00963402.1977.11458415.
von Hippel, F., and Williams, R.H. Sat . "Toward a solar civilization". United States. doi:10.1080/00963402.1977.11458415.
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title = {Toward a solar civilization},
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abstractNote = {For the foreseeable future, mankind will have to shift increasingly to coal and fission to replace dwindling supplies of petroleum and natural gas. Fusion is still an unproven tachnology with commercialization perhaps 50 years away. Most solar technologies are proven, but it is believed it is and will remain too expensive to collect and store for the bulk of the energy requirements. The capital needed for solar conversion technologies is discussed, followed by a discussion of this technology regionally. The potentials of low-temperature solar heat, solar electricity, and chemical fuels from solar energy are discussed. The fundamental question is whether there will be adequate incentivies for energy supply changes to be made. Technological innovations heretofore created new opportunities--railroads, automobiles, electronics. Solar energy will provide just another way to boil water or generate electricity. 21 references. (MCW)},
doi = {10.1080/00963402.1977.11458415},
journal = {Bull. At. Sci.; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 33:8,
place = {United States},
year = {1977},
month = {10}
}