Vaclav Smil http://www.vaclavsmil.com Distinguished Professor Emeritus Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:37:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Still the Iron Age: Iron and Steel in the Modern World http://www.vaclavsmil.com/still-the-iron-age-iron-and-steel-in-the-modern-world/ Sat, 06 Feb 2016 22:13:30 +0000 http://www.vaclavsmil.com/?p=1269 The post Still the Iron Age: Iron and Steel in the Modern World appeared first on Vaclav Smil.

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Just Published: Still the Iron Age: Iron and Steel in the Modern World http://www.vaclavsmil.com/just-published-still-the-iron-age-iron-and-steel-in-the-modern-world/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:00:22 +0000 http://www.vaclavsmil.com/?p=1267 Although the last two generations have seen an enormous amount of attention paid to advances in electronics, the fact remains that high-income, high-energy societies could thrive without microchips, etc., but, by contrast, could not exist without steel. Because of the importance of this material to contemporary civilization, a comprehensive resource is needed for metallurgists, non-metallurgists, […]

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Although the last two generations have seen an enormous amount of attention paid to advances in electronics, the fact remains that high-income, high-energy societies could thrive without microchips, etc., but, by contrast, could not exist without steel. Because of the importance of this material to contemporary civilization, a comprehensive resource is needed for metallurgists, non-metallurgists, and anyone with a background in environmental studies, industry, manufacturing, and history, seeking a broader understanding of the history of iron and steel and its current and future impact on society. Given its coverage of the history of iron and steel from its genesis to slow pre-industrial progress, revolutionary advances during the 19th century, magnification of 19th century advances during the past five generations, patterns of modern steel production, the ubiquitous uses of the material, potential substitutions, advances in relative dematerialization, and appraisal of steel’s possible futures, Still the Iron Age: Iron and Steel in the Modern World by world-renowned author Vaclav Smil meets that need

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New Book Translations http://www.vaclavsmil.com/new-book-translations/ Tue, 03 Nov 2015 06:00:36 +0000 http://www.vaclavsmil.com/?p=1240 Chinese translation of Making the Modern World (Publishing House of Electronics Industry, Beijing) was published in July 2015. Books to appear in late 2015 and 2016: Energy Myths and Realitiesand Harvesting the Biosphere in Chinese (by Hubei Science and Publishing Press), Energy at the Crossroads in Korean (by Changbi Publishers) and Making the Modern World […]

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Chinese translation of Making the Modern World (Publishing House of Electronics Industry, Beijing) was published in July 2015. Books to appear in late 2015 and 2016: Energy Myths and Realitiesand Harvesting the Biosphere in Chinese (by Hubei Science and Publishing Press), Energy at the Crossroads in Korean (by Changbi Publishers) and Making the Modern World in Polish (by Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe). Books to appear in 2017 include Should We Eat Meat? in Chinese (by the Publishing House of Electronics Industry) and Making the Modern World in Czech (by Albatros Media).

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Annual JPMorgan Energy Issue http://www.vaclavsmil.com/annual-jpmorgan-energy-issue/ Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:00:32 +0000 http://www.vaclavsmil.com/?p=1242 Michael Cembalest, Chairman of Market and Investment Strategy at J.P. Morgan, Published Our Annual Energy Reality Check entitled Brave New World.

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Michael Cembalest, Chairman of Market and Investment Strategy at J.P. Morgan, Published Our Annual Energy Reality Check entitled Brave New World.

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Just Published: Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century http://www.vaclavsmil.com/just-published-natural-gas-fuel-for-the-21st-century/ Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:29:08 +0000 http://www.vaclavsmil.com/?p=1225 Natural gas is the world s cleanest fossil fuel; it generates less air pollution and releases less CO2 per unit of useful energy than liquid fuels or coals. With its vast supplies of conventional resources and nonconventional stores, the extension of long-distance gas pipelines and the recent expansion of liquefied natural gas trade, a truly […]

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41YN+Gd1iBL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Natural gas is the world s cleanest fossil fuel; it generates less air pollution and releases less CO2 per unit of useful energy than liquid fuels or coals. With its vast supplies of conventional resources and nonconventional stores, the extension of long-distance gas pipelines and the recent expansion of liquefied natural gas trade, a truly global market has been created for this clean fuel. Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century discusses the place and prospects of natural gas in modern high-energy societies. Vaclav Smil presents a systematic survey of the qualities, origins, extraction, processing and transportation of natural gas, followed by a detailed appraisal of its many preferred, traditional and potential uses, and the recent emergence of the fuel as a globally traded commodity. The unfolding diversification of sources, particularly hydraulic fracturing, and the role of natural gas in national and global energy transitions are described. The book concludes with a discussion on the advantages, risks, benefits and costs of natural gas as a leading, if not dominant, fuel of the 21st century. This interdisciplinary text will be of interest to a wide readership concerned with global energy affairs including professionals and academics in energy and environmental science, policy makers, consultants and advisors with an interest in the rapidly-changing global energy industry.

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Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century http://www.vaclavsmil.com/natural-gas-fuel-for-the-21st-century/ Tue, 15 Sep 2015 05:00:44 +0000 http://www.vaclavsmil.com/?p=1222 The post Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century appeared first on Vaclav Smil.

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Vaclav Smil receives 2015 OPEC Award for Research http://www.vaclavsmil.com/vaclav-smil-receives-2015-opec-award-for-research/ Mon, 08 Jun 2015 22:18:11 +0000 http://www.vaclavsmil.com/?p=1200 In 2004, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) established the OPEC Award for Research to honour distinguished individuals who have made outstanding contribution to the petroleum industry and oil-related issues. In particular, the OPEC Award for Research is intended to honour those who have shown dedication to research and analysis of oil-related issues; […]

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In 2004, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) established the OPEC Award for Research to honour distinguished individuals who have made outstanding contribution to the petroleum industry and oil-related issues. In particular, the OPEC Award for Research is intended to honour those who have shown dedication to research and analysis of oil-related issues; contributed to an enhanced dialogue between producers and consumers; demonstrated high level of independence and integrity in their work; persistently presented a critical, yet impartial, view on oil-related issues; produced a substantial record of publications at the international level.

The first four Award recipients were Professors Robert Mabro (Oxford), Peter Odell (Rotterdam), Paul Stevens (Dundee) and Øystein Noreng (Oslo), who received the Award in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012, respectively.

The OPEC Board of Governors, on the recommendation of OPEC Award Advisory Panel, had unanimously decided to award the 2015 OPEC Award for Research to Dr. Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba in Canada, in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil and energy research. The Award was presented at a Gala Dinner held at Vienna City Hall on Wednesday, June 3 as a part of the 6th OPEC International Seminar.

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Power Density: A Key to Understanding Energy Sources and Uses http://www.vaclavsmil.com/power-density-a-key-to-understanding-energy-sources-and-uses/ http://www.vaclavsmil.com/power-density-a-key-to-understanding-energy-sources-and-uses/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 05:00:14 +0000 http://www.vaclavsmil.com/?p=1184 In this book, Vaclav Smil argues that power density is a key determinant of the nature and dynamics of energy systems. Any understanding of complex energy systems must rely on quantitative measures of many fundamental variables. Power density -- the rate of energy flux per unit of area -- is an important but largely overlooked measure. Smil provides the first systematic, quantitative appraisal of power density, offering detailed reviews of the power densities of renewable energy flows, fossil fuels, thermal electricity generation, and all common energy uses.

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In this book, Vaclav Smil argues that power density is a key determinant of the nature and dynamics of energy systems. Any understanding of complex energy systems must rely on quantitative measures of many fundamental variables. Power density — the rate of energy flux per unit of area — is an important but largely overlooked measure. Smil provides the first systematic, quantitative appraisal of power density, offering detailed reviews of the power densities of renewable energy flows, fossil fuels, thermal electricity generation, and all common energy uses.

Smil shows that careful quantification, critical appraisals, and revealing comparisons of power densities make possible a deeper understanding of the ways we harness, convert, and use energies. Conscientious assessment of power densities, he argues, proves particularly revealing when contrasting the fossil fuel–based energy system with renewable energy conversions.

Smil explains that modern civilization has evolved as a direct expression of the high power densities of fossil fuel extraction. He argues that our inevitable (and desirable) move to new energy arrangements involving conversions of lower-density renewable energy sources will require our society — currently dominated by megacities and concentrated industrial production — to undergo a profound spatial restructuring of its energy system.

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Just published – Power Density: A Key to Understanding Energy Sources and Uses http://www.vaclavsmil.com/just-published-power-density-a-key-to-understanding-energy-sources-and-uses/ Thu, 07 May 2015 05:00:15 +0000 http://www.vaclavsmil.com/?p=1193 In this book, Vaclav Smil argues that power density is a key determinant of the nature and dynamics of energy systems. Any understanding of complex energy systems must rely on quantitative measures of many fundamental variables. Power density — the rate of energy flux per unit of area — is an important but largely overlooked […]

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In this book, Vaclav Smil argues that power density is a key determinant of the nature and dynamics of energy systems. Any understanding of complex energy systems must rely on quantitative measures of many fundamental variables. Power density — the rate of energy flux per unit of area — is an important but largely overlooked measure. Smil provides the first systematic, quantitative appraisal of power density, offering detailed reviews of the power densities of renewable energy flows, fossil fuels, thermal electricity generation, and all common energy uses.

Smil shows that careful quantification, critical appraisals, and revealing comparisons of power densities make possible a deeper understanding of the ways we harness, convert, and use energies. Conscientious assessment of power densities, he argues, proves particularly revealing when contrasting the fossil fuel–based energy system with renewable energy conversions.

Smil explains that modern civilization has evolved as a direct expression of the high power densities of fossil fuel extraction. He argues that our inevitable (and desirable) move to new energy arrangements involving conversions of lower-density renewable energy sources will require our society — currently dominated by megacities and concentrated industrial production — to undergo a profound spatial restructuring of its energy system.

 

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Monthly essays for IEEE Spectrum http://www.vaclavsmil.com/monthly-essays-ieee-spectrum/ Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:00:16 +0000 http://www.vaclavsmil.com/?p=1174 In January 2015 I began to write monthly essays for the IEEE Spectrum, on of the world’s leading engineering and science periodicals published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in New York. The essays are published under the general heading Numbers Don’t Lie and their goal is to offer some new looks at […]

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In January 2015 I began to write monthly essays for the IEEE Spectrum, on of the world’s leading engineering and science periodicals published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in New York. The essays are published under the general heading Numbers Don’t Lie and their goal is to offer some new looks at a wide range of contemporary interests. Although these essays could be accessed freely and immediately after they appear in the online version of Spectrum, that is some weeks before they come out in print, IEEE rules do not allow any posting of pdf files on private websites; consequently, the essays have to be accessed through the links provided in the list of my publications.

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