Energy Primer

This three-part primer covers the following topics:

  1. Basic energy concepts including net energy, energy density, embodied energy, and resource depletion.
  2. Major energy resources and their transportation methods.
  3. Characteristics of energy resources, commonly held assumptions about energy production and consumption, world energy use, and representative oil drilling depths.


The Energy Picture

What is Energy?
Energy-Fueled Population Growth
Net Energy
Energy-Fueled Economic Growth
Energy Density
Peak Oil and Resource Depletion
Embodied Energy
Energy Sprawl
Energy Slaves
Visual Blight
Energy Conservation
Curtailment Writ Large

The Energy Terrain

Introduction
Conventional Oil
Unconventional Oil
Offshore Oil
Natural Gas
Shale Gas
Coal
Nuclear
Hydropower
Geothermal
Biofuels
Biomass
Industrial Wind
Solar Photovoltaic
Concentrated Solar
Refineries
Pipelines and Transport
Powerlines
Hydrogen
Micropower
Emerging Energy Technologies

Energy In Numbers

Characteristics of Energy Resources
Business-As-Usual Assumptions
The Realities of Decline: Conventional Oil
World Energy Use
Going Deeper