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Title: Toward a solar civilization. [Review of development strategies]

Abstract

The case for solar energy development is based on the vast amount of energy flowing through natural systems relative to the amount of fossil-fuel energy flowing through machinery. The extent to which society can shift into a solar economy is unknown, but the associated economic, technological, and institutional issues must be addressed if solar energy is to be a viable option in the next century. A review of the alternatives indicates serious environmental problems with coal and security problems with nuclear fission. The global diffuseness of solar radiation is seen as a positive factor in terms of allowing an equitable world distribution of energy. New social structures, life styles, and innovative technologies are needed, as well as new strategies for sharing costs and organizing energy distribution. Several strategies are outlined that would use solar energy to produce heat, power, and chemical fuels. 21 references.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Princeton Univ., NJ
OSTI Identifier:
6381209
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; BIOMASS; ECONOMIC IMPACT; ENERGY SOURCE DEVELOPMENT; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; GLOBAL ASPECTS; LEGAL ASPECTS; LIFE STYLES; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; RESOURCE POTENTIAL; SOCIAL IMPACT; SOLAR COLLECTORS; SOLAR CONCENTRATORS; SOLAR FURNACES; SOLAR HEATING; SOLAR POWER PLANTS; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; CONVERSION; ENERGY CONVERSION; ENERGY SOURCES; FURNACES; HEATING; POWER PLANTS; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; 299001* - Energy Planning & Policy- Solar- (1989-); 140000 - Solar Energy

Citation Formats

von Hippel, F., and Williams, R.H. Toward a solar civilization. [Review of development strategies]. United States: N. p., 1977. Web. doi:10.1080/00963402.1977.11458415.
von Hippel, F., & Williams, R.H. Toward a solar civilization. [Review of development strategies]. United States. doi:10.1080/00963402.1977.11458415.
von Hippel, F., and Williams, R.H. Sat . "Toward a solar civilization. [Review of development strategies]". United States. doi:10.1080/00963402.1977.11458415.
@article{osti_6381209,
title = {Toward a solar civilization. [Review of development strategies]},
author = {von Hippel, F. and Williams, R.H.},
abstractNote = {The case for solar energy development is based on the vast amount of energy flowing through natural systems relative to the amount of fossil-fuel energy flowing through machinery. The extent to which society can shift into a solar economy is unknown, but the associated economic, technological, and institutional issues must be addressed if solar energy is to be a viable option in the next century. A review of the alternatives indicates serious environmental problems with coal and security problems with nuclear fission. The global diffuseness of solar radiation is seen as a positive factor in terms of allowing an equitable world distribution of energy. New social structures, life styles, and innovative technologies are needed, as well as new strategies for sharing costs and organizing energy distribution. Several strategies are outlined that would use solar energy to produce heat, power, and chemical fuels. 21 references.},
doi = {10.1080/00963402.1977.11458415},
journal = {Bull. At. Sci.; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 33:8,
place = {United States},
year = {1977},
month = {10}
}