National energy problem in perspective. [To year 2000] [electronic resource].
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Dept. of Energy, 1979. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Pages: 16 : digital, PDF file
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- Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States. Department of Energy, and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- A study of the history of energy usage in this country will indicate a take off occurred in our energy consumption rate in the mid-1950s; this was followed by an increase in the use of electricity as a more convenient energy source in the mid-1960s. Associated with the generation of increasing amounts of electricity were the conversion losses that are inherent in normal steam cycles. Our future needs can be projected on the basis of the population growth and the energy consumption rate per capita. An extrapolation of these needs minus the amount of fossil fuel that we can obtain or afford to import shows clearly the demand placed on domestic supplies. After an allowance is made for the remaining fossil reserves plus optimistic projections for energy from geothermal, hydroelectric, oil shale, and solar sources, a deficit remains. It appears that nuclear fission energy is the only deveoped source that has a possibility of filling this deficit between the present and the year 2000. Past that date, there is hope that nuclear fusion energy or some other of the developing technologies will be available to supply the need.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 01/01/1979., "conf-7910153--1", Electrical engineering meeting, Huntsville, AL, USA, 26 Oct 1979., and Sanders, J. P.
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