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The Simple Physics of Energy Use

Peter Rez


In industrially developed countries, energy is used primarily for three things—maintaining a comfortable environment in buildings, transporting people and goods and manufacturing products. Each accounts for about one-third of the total primary energy use. Controlling the indoor temperature accounts for most of the energy use in buildings. Therefore, this strongly depends on the local climate. Electricity accounts for a high proportion of the energy transfer in developed countries. The problem is that electricity cannot easily be stored, and that supply therefore has to match demand. This makes ... More

Keywords: energy, power, transportation, materials, renewable, solar, wind, nuclear, natural gas, coal, airplanes, cars, trains, ships, buildings, heating, air conditioning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198802297
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198802297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Rez, author
Professor, Department of Physics, Arizona State University, USA

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