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Energy Seminar: Energy Transitions, Past and Future: Drivers, Opportunities and Constraints

Arnulf Grubler, Senior Research Scholar and Acting Program Director of the Transitions to New Technologies Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Talk Abstract:Energy Transitions are changes in the states of how and what energy forms we use in terms of quantity, quality, and structure. The historical focus of energy transitions research has been on energy supply, concluding that pervasive system changes take many decades, even up to a century to unfold, which constitutes a major constraint for much needed rapid changes. In this talk, we will complement this traditional supply with an energy end-use perspective using newly developed indicators to describe historical and ongoing transitions, concluding that transitions in end-use happen much faster compared to energy supply infrastructures. Innovation has been and will continue to be a key driver of energy transitions. Reasons for the observed acceleration of transitions in energy end-use are outlined highlighting opportunities for bright minds and entrepreneurs to drive pervasive changes and in addressing sustainable development and climate protection needs. Selected future energy transition scenarios illustrate potentials, and the value of an integrated systems perspective integrating energy demand with supply when managing transitions.
Recommended Readings:1. http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/152561/2. http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/research/researchPrograms/TransitionstoNewTechnologies/energyprimer/energyprimer.html3. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421512002054

Details

When:

Monday, April 4, 2016. 04:30 PM

Where:

NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

Sponsor:

Precourt Institute for Energy

Admission:

Free and open to all