The global energy system

Häfele W & Sassin W (1979). The global energy system. Systems Research 24 (3): 169-189. DOI:10.1002/bs.3830240303.

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Abstract

A global energy system is conceptualized and analyzed, the energy distributor sub-system of the worldwide supranational system. Its many interconnections are examined and traced back to their source to determine the major elements of this global energy system. Long-term trends are emphasized.

The analysis begins with a discussion of the local systems that resulted from the deployment of technology in the mid-nineteenth century, continues with a description of the global system based on oil that has existed for the past two decades, and ends with a scenario implying that an energy transition will occur in the future in which use of coal, nuclear, and solar energy will predominate. A major problem for the future will be the management of this energy transition. The optimal use of global resources and the efficient management of this transition will require a stable and persistent global order.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supranational system; Energy distributor subsystem; Global energy system; energy options; Energy strategies
Research Programs: Energy Program (ENP)
Bibliographic Reference: Systems Research; 24(3):169-189 (Published online 9 January 2007)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:45
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 09:08
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/1004

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