Materials and energy: a story of linkages

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Materials and energy: a story of linkages

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Materials and energy: a story of linkages
Author: Kleijn, E.G.M.
Issue Date: 2012-09-05
Keywords: Energy technology
Linkages of sustainability
Low-carbon
Material requirements
Natural resources
Resource depletion
Resource scarcity
Abstract: Human society has always depended on a substantial input of materials. At the moment our energy supply is almost completely based on fossil fuels with minor contributions of biomass and uranium based nuclear. Climate science tells us that, in order to avoid catastrophic impacts, we need a transition to a low-carbon energy system in the next few decades. This means we will need to build a new energy system almost from scratch including wind turbines, solar cells, carbon capture and storage and a smart supergrid. In this work the material requirements of such a transition are analysed. It is concluded that a substantial upscaling of current mining activities is needed very quickly in order to be able to supply the metals needed for this energy transition
Promotor: Supervisor: Kramer G.J. Co-Supervisor: Voet E. van der
Faculty: Faculty of Sciences
University: Leiden University
Uri: urn:isbn:9789090269382
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/19740
 

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