2. Concepts and Misconcepts

  1. Dr. Nicola Armaroli1 and
  2. Prof. Vincenzo Balzani2

Published Online: 14 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9783527633593.ch2

Energy for a Sustainable World: From the Oil Age to a Sun-Powered Future

Energy for a Sustainable World: From the Oil Age to a Sun-Powered Future

How to Cite

Armaroli, N. and Balzani, V. (2010) Concepts and Misconcepts, in Energy for a Sustainable World: From the Oil Age to a Sun-Powered Future, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527633593.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Ist. ISOF/CNR, Molecular Photoscience Group, Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy

  2. 2

    Dept. of Chemistry G. Ciamician, University of Bologna, Via Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527325405

Online ISBN: 9783527633593

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Keywords:

  • energy concepts;
  • primary energy;
  • useful energy;
  • energy return;
  • embodied energy;
  • power;
  • electricity;
  • energy data;
  • global energy supply;
  • global energy consumption;
  • population

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Elusive Definition of Energy

  • A Taste of Basic Principles

  • Converting Primary Energy into Useful Energy

  • It Takes Energy to Make Energy: the EROI

  • Embodied Energy

  • Energy Units and Conversions

  • The Immense Energy and Power Scales

  • Some Energy Key Parameters

  • Energy Pervasiveness Versus Energy Illiteracy

  • Key Numbers: an Abacus for Energy Literacy