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

@article{Sgouridis2016TheSW,
  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},
  year={2016},
  volume={11},
  pages={094009}
}
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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