The Comparison of Energy Options: A Methodological Study

Häfele W (1980). The Comparison of Energy Options: A Methodological Study. IIASA Status Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: SR-80-003

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Abstract

This report examines the dimensions of the world's energy problem as it might evolve over the 50 years from 1980 to 2030. The potential contributions to the global energy systems during these 50 years and beyond that might be made from renewable energy resources, from fossil resources (including especially coal), from the solar resources, and from nuclear resources are explored. The impacts of energy technologies on human health and the global environment are addressed. In particular the problems associated with analyzing and managing these risks are examined. Two quantitative, internally consistent scenarios of feasible balances between worldwide energy supply and demand during the next 50 years are reported in detail. Certain global environmental impacts associated with these scenarios are also determined. Finally, the methodological approach of this study is reconsidered and assessed by a critical comparison of the conclusions drawn and their wider implications -- implications which must also be considered in energy systems planning and for policy decisions.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Status Report)
Research Programs: Energy Program (ENP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:47
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 23:29
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/1278

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