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Peter Hayes presents a prognosis of future global conditions in terms of the organization of human populations with a focus on East Asia.
With a nod to Amulya Reddy's pioneering work in the 1970s on 'eco-development', a temporal terminology of 'Then/Now/Soon' is of relevance here.
While the mechanics of the energy system are important, the political discourse surrounding it must also be considered.
As demonstrated most recently in Japan, social and cultural conflicts over energy systems have not been as anticipated as they could have been, demonstrating the need for a consultative process. Actually, old light-water reactors (LWRs) reduced the technological diversity in the Japanese economy.
At Pacific Asia Regional Energy Security (PARES - the Nautilus Institute project), we research ways to increase supply diversification while including efficiency.
Using a layered perspective on a global scale, looking into the energy sector from outside, problems are viewed in terms of human aggregation. There are:
The introduction of new technologies changes all conditions. Smart power is the energy format of a decentralized generation, for whom working grids are imperative and renewables are crucial for intermittencies.
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