Thermodynamics – Fossil Fuels – Renewables

Dr Louis Arnoux concludes this 4 part series. He says, “Tragic the unfolding Energy Seneca drama may seem; all is not lost. There are ways out of the Seneca’s energy trap. However, this requires understanding the problem instead of rushing to delusional “solutions” focused on treating symptoms instead of the actual “disease”. Click to read more!

Thermodynamics – Fossil Fuels – Renewables

Part 3 by Dr Louis Arnoux “The defining challenge of our times is whole system replacement of existing supply chains with “Something-else” (that can’t be current renewable that is self-powered and able to deliver the required net energy, affordable, safe, sustainable, profitable, implementable at speed and scalable to not only replace existing capacity but also extending it to levels big enough to supply the masses of people currently deprived, as well as repair the huge ecological damages to the Earth Life systems (soils, water, ocean, forest, etc.) and extract large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere, enough to bring levels below 350ppm of CO2 equivalent… not impossible but extremely tough Click to read more!

Thermodynamics – Fossil Fuels – Renewables

Part 2 by Dr Louis Arnoux “In the distant past, energy supply chains were all based on solar energy powering photosynthesis, with net energy delivered in the forms of crops. In the case of the global industrial world, the entire, global energy system is based on oil and net energy is delivered in the form of transport fuels. Accessing all other forms of energy rests on the ongoing delivery of net energy from oil. Let this sink in – absolutely all other forms rest on that, coal, gas, nuclear, geothermal, hydro, photovoltaics (PVs), wind turbines (WTs), biomass, animal feed and food for humans …” Click to read more!

Getting to a Flourishing Future Beyond Fossil Fuels Think Piece (draft 2.1)

Response by Hazel Ashton (PhD Sociology) to Dr Mike Joy’s presentation Biophysical limits to growth; the future of food and energy (2019). Its aim is to sow some seeds for a conversation about how New Zealand could take a lead in showing the world how it can reduce fossil fuel use by 10 percent annuallyContinue reading “Getting to a Flourishing Future Beyond Fossil Fuels Think Piece (draft 2.1)”