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Engineering, Energy, and the Future
June 1, 2003 Volume 33 Issue 2
The next industrial revolution will transform energy production and consumption
Articles In This Issue
  • Sunday, June 1, 2003
    AuthorHamilton O. Smith, Robert Friedman, and J. Craig Venter

    Biological systems might be engineered to satisfy a greater part of our energy needs.

    Although biological systems contribute very little to current U.S. energy requirements, they are capable of very large-scale effects. Our modern oxygen atmosphere was created 3 billion years ago by ...

  • Sunday, June 1, 2003
    AuthorTimothy E. Wirth

    The next industrial revolution will transform energy production and consumption.

    Modern energy services are essential to economic development everywhere in the world. Sustained economic progress depends on secure, reliable, and affordable energy supplies. But the current pattern of global ...

  • Sunday, June 1, 2003
    AuthorRobert W. Fri

    Environmental policy has been a principal determinant of technological innovation.

    Environmental policy is in large measure energy policy. In the past 30 years, chiefly in the developed world, the demand for environmental quality has had a strong influence on how energy is produced and used. ...

  • Sunday, June 1, 2003
    AuthorKurt E. Yeager

    The U.S. electricity-supply system is in urgent need of modernization.

    Three years ago, the National Academy of Engineering voted "widespread networks of electrification" the number one engineering achievement of the twentieth century (NAE, 2000). A key issue today is whether these ...

  • Sunday, June 1, 2003
    AuthorGed Davis

    Two scenarios of our energy future challenge current corporate strategies and energy policies.

    Recent discussions of energy policy have almost inevitably been focused on the short term. The effects of the conflict in the Middle East on oil prices and availability, as well as potential threats ...

  • Sunday, June 1, 2003
    AuthorRobert W. Shaw, Jr.

    Microgeneration technologies could lead to paradigm shifts in energy delivery.

    Over the last few decades, developments in technology have incrementally refined the way energy is produced and delivered to customers. But in fundamental ways the energy system remains much as it was in the 1950s. ...