Beyond its classical Newtonian definition, we tend to refer to “energy” in a larger economic, technological and ecological context: how we produce and produce it, and the global ecological impact of that activity. The principal energy sources are fossil (natural gas, coal, oil), hydroelectrical, wind, nuclear, solar and geothermal.
Modern economic activities – such as industrial production, transportation, the heating of large buildings, electrical appliances usage – require massive amounts of energy. How we save, secure, consume and produce energy are some of the biggest challenges of our time.
Widespread public awareness of global warming has ignited international debates and initiatives on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Shifting to more sustainable means of production and consumption (energy transition) is a viable alternative to finite energy reserves and fossil fuel extraction pollution, as well as to mitigate geopolitical risk.
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Vers un Internet de l’Énergie
Online talk given by Joël de Rosnay and produced by JD2 and Triple C, during the TechnoArk conference – January 25, 2013 in Sierre, Switzerland.
Du Mox au MIX : Le mariage du numérique et de l’énergétique
NetExplo Conference, UNESCO, March 16, 2012 Exploring the Smart Grid global energy mix model as a solution that transcends the conventional nuclear vs renewable energy debate.