The sower's way : quantifying the narrowing net-energy pathways to a global energy transition

  title={The sower's way : quantifying the narrowing net-energy pathways to a global energy transition},
  author={Sgouris Sgouridis and Ugo Bardi and Denes Csala},
  journal={Environmental Research Letters},
Planning the appropriate renewable energy (RE) installation rate should balance two partially contradictory objectives: substituting fossil fuels fast enough to stave-off the worst consequences of climate change while maintaining a sufficient net energy flow to support the world's economy. The upfront energy invested in constructing a RE infrastructure subtracts from the net energy available for societal energy needs, a fact typically neglected in energy projections. Modeling feasible energy… 
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  • N. Lewis, D. Nocera
  • Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2006
Solar energy is by far the largest exploitable resource, providing more energy in 1 hour to the earth than all of the energy consumed by humans in an entire year, and if solar energy is to be a major primary energy source, it must be stored and dispatched on demand to the end user.