This is an early announcement for a forthcoming book co-authored with Graham Palmer, Energy Storage and Civilization: A Systems Approach. We completed the manuscript last Thursday, submitted it to the publisher, Springer, the same day, and they’ve already got a web page up here. Pretty impressive turnaround, and has me reflecting on the benefits of working with a large publisher versus self-publishing (as was the case for Carbon Civilisation and the Energy Descent Future). There’s definitely something to be said for being able to focus on the content, while leaving production, promotion and distribution to the experts.
So what is Energy Storage and Civilization all about? Here’s the blurb that Springer has put together:
I’ve been asked a few times now to provide an account of the energy transition modelling featured on Beyond this Brief Anomaly over the past year or so, that goes beyond the very brief article for The Conversation in May, but that is more accessible than the detailed documentation provided in earlier posts here, here and here. The article presented here is intended to fill that gap. It’s based on the presentation I gave in July at a University of Melbourne Carlton Connect Initiative event on energy transitions, discussed in the introduction to this earlier post. The presentation abstract will serve for orientation:
Energy transition discourse in both the public and academic spheres can be characterised by strong and often fixed views about the prospects for particular pathways. Given the unprecedented scale and complexity of the transition task facing humanity, greater circumspection may help ensure collective efforts are effective. While significant attention has been given to the question of how to satisfy future energy demand with renewable sources, dynamic effects during the transition period have received far less attention. Net energy considerations have particular relevance here. Exploratory modelling indicates that such considerations are relevant for more comprehensive feasibility assessment of renewable energy transition pathways. Moreover, this suggests there may be value in asking broader questions about how to ensure energy transition learning and praxis is sufficiently ‘fit for purpose’.Continue reading →