Vaclav Smil

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects

Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects (Praeger Publishers) explain an inherently gradual nature of fundamental shifts in using primary energy resources, generating electricity and commercializing and diffusing new prime movers and new energy conversions. The book uses long historical perspectives in order to illuminate these changes on the global level as well as with a number of key national examples, including the United States, China, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.


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Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects (Praeger Publishers) explain an inherently gradual nature of fundamental shifts in using primary energy resources, generating electricity and commercializing and diffusing new prime movers and new energy conversions.  The book uses long historical perspectives in order to illuminate these changes on the global level as well as with a number of key national examples, including the United States, China, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.

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