Transforming Production

As opposed to transportation there already exist a few alternative and renewable energy sources for heat and electricity production, and these alternatives are many times available as both large-scale solutions for large power plants, and as small-scale solutions for small houses. This could lay the foundation for a transformation process that to a certain extent could be market-based. However, the need to rapidly increase the capacity for the production of energy from renewable sources and the need to increase the overall production capacity for electricity in order to possibly facilitate the transition to electric vehicles add complexity to the situation. In addition to this, some solutions that are attractive short term, such as coal, may be limited for the longer term, because of expected peaks in the supply of raw materials. Apart from these issues related to the expansion of capacity, there is the problem of replacing existing nuclear plants and other power plants. Many of the existing nuclear plants are approaching the end of their technical lives and need soon to be replaced or refurbished.

In addition to this, there is the opportunity to build new plants for cogeneration or refurbish existing plants with this aim, which is a substantially more energy-efficient process than that of traditional power plants. While electricity production in a power plant only achieves some 30 percent energy utilization, the CHP process increases the utilization of the energy content to 70, 80 or as much as 90 percent.

Since this is not a book primarily about renewable energy sources, but about change management in the energy sector, and I am not an expert in energy technology, I will not attempt to try to analyze different alternatives in detail from a technical perspective. Instead, we will discuss here the main aspects of a transformation strategy. We have to keep in mind that even though we already have access to a number of renewable energy sources, the investment needs are so large that we need to identify the alternatives that will provide the largest improvements at the lowest cost.

Solar Panel Basics

Solar Panel Basics

Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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