Ten steps to a sustainable energy future


“As we leave oil behind as our dominant energy technology we will more and more convert our energy system from a chemical to an electrical base. Electric power will be the reference energy against which all other forms of energy will be compared. The cost of synthetic hydrogen will be compared against the cost of electricity needed to obtain this hydrogen. It is clear that this hydrogen is more expensive than the electricity “burned” in producing it. Applying the principles of this simple comparison may well lead to new technologies focused on energy use more than on energy production and distribution. Engineers will make choices that are quite different from those made a generation or two ago. Electrical systems with their proven high efficiencies will gradually displace chemical energy conversion systems saddled with inferior efficiencies.”

Ten Necessary Steps for Sustainable Energy
by Rudolf Rechsteiner (Swiss MP)
The Energy Bulletin