1st Edition

Handbook of Energy Transitions

By Muhammad Asif Copyright 2023
    524 Pages 182 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The global energy scenario is undergoing an unprecedented transition. In the wake of enormous challenges—such as increased population, higher energy demands, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, depleting fossil fuel reserves, volatile energy prices, geopolitical concerns, and energy insecurity issues—the energy sector is experiencing a transition in terms of energy resources and their utilization. This modern transition is historically more dynamic and multidimensional compared to the past considering the vast technological advancements, socioeconomic implications and political responses, and ever-evolving global policies and regulations. Energy insecurity in terms of its critical dimensions—access, affordability, and reliability—remains a major problem hindering the socioeconomic progress in developing countries.

    The Handbook of Energy Transitions presents a holistic account of the 21st-century energy transition away from fossil fuels. It provides an overview of the unfolding transition in terms of overall dimensions, drivers, trends, barriers, policies, and geopolitics, and then discusses transition in terms of particular resources or technologies, such as renewable energy systems, solar energy, hydropower, hydrogen and fuel cells, electric vehicles, energy storage systems, batteries, digitalization, smart grids, blockchain, and machine learning. It also discusses the present energy transition in terms of broader policy and developmental perspectives. Further, it examines sustainable development, the economics of energy and green growth, and the role of various technologies and initiatives like renewables, nuclear power, and electrification in promoting energy security and energy transition worldwide.

    Key Features

    • Includes technical, economic, social, and policy perspectives of energy transitions
    • Features practical case studies and comparative assessments
    • Examines the latest renewable energy and low-carbon technologies
    • Explains the connection between energy transition and global climate change

    Section I Introduction to the 21st-Century Energy Transition

    Chapter 1 Dynamics of a Sustainable Energy Transition

    Muhammad Asif

    Chapter 2 Energy Transitions: Trend, Drivers, Barriers, and Policies

    Tri Ratna Bajracharya, Shree Raj Shakya, and Anzoo Sharma

    Chapter 3 Geopolitics of the Energy Transition

    Marco Giuli

    Section II Energy Transition: Resources and Technologies

    Chapter 4 Renewable Energy Systems

    Hafiz Ali Muhammad, Muhammad Asim, Muhammad Imran, Zafar Ali Khan, Tabbi Wilberforce, and Young-Jin Baik

    Chapter 5 A Global Hydropower Generation, Potentials, and Externalities

    Maksud Bekchanov

    Chapter 6 A Multigenerational Solar Energy-Driven System for a Residential Building

    Khaled H.M. Al-Hamed and Ibrahim Dincer

    Chapter 7 Toward Building Sector Energy Transition

    Niccolò Aste, Claudio Del Pero, and Fabrizio Leonforte

    Chapter 8 Electric Vehicles and Future of Transport Sector

    Hüseyin Turan Arat, Mustafa Kaan Baltacioğlu, and Cağlar Conker

    Chapter 9 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

    Saeed-ur-Rehman, Hafiz Ahmad Ishfaq, Zubair Masaud, Muhammad Haseeb Hassan, Hafiz Ali Muhammad, and Muhammad Zubair Khan

    Chapter 10 Energy Storage Systems

    Ghulam M. Mustafa and Ghulam Ali

    Chapter 11 Lithium-Based Battery Systems: Technological and Environmental

    Challenges and Opportunities

    C. M. Costa, J. C. Barbosa, R. Gonçalves, S. Ferdov, and S. Lanceros-Mendez

    Chapter 12 Demand-Side Management in Smart Grids

    Intisar Ali Sajjad, Haroon Farooq, Waqas Ali, and Rehan Liaqat

    Chapter 13 Digitalization in the Energy Sector

    Muhammad Umer, Muhammad Abid, Tahira Nazir, and Zaineb Abid

    Chapter 14 Application of Blockchain for Energy Transition Systems

    Gijs van Leeuwen, Tarek AlSkaif, and Bedir Tekinerdogan

    Chapter 15 Machine Learning Applications in the Petroleum Industry

    Ahmed Abdulhamid Mahmoud, Salaheldin Elkatatny, and Abdulazeez Abdulraheem

    Section III Energy Transition: Policies and Prospects

    Chapter 16 Energy and Sustainable Development

    Tri Ratna Bajracharya, Shree Raj Shakya, and Anzoo Sharma

    Chapter 17 Economics of Energy and Green Growth: Decoupling Debate

    Meltem Ucal

    Chapter 18 Investigation into the Effects of Energy Transition in Terms of Economic Growth

    Guller Sahin

    Chapter 19 Energy Security: Role of Renewable and Low-Carbon Technologies

    Liliana N. Proskuryakova

    Chapter 20 Promotion of Decarbonization by Private Sector’s Approaches

    Nobuhiro Sawamura

    Chapter 21 Electrification and Targets in Developing Countries

    Tri Ratna Bajracharya, Shree Raj Shakya, and Anzoo Sharma

    Chapter 22 Regional Energy Policies, Trade and Energy Security in South Asia: A Quest for Diplomacy

    Mabroor Hassan, Manzoor Khan Afridi, and Muhammad Irfan Khan

    Chapter 23 Electricity Sector Reforms, Private Sector Participation and Electricity Sector Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Chigozie Nweke-Eze, Chinedu Miracle Nevo, and Ewere Evelyn Anyokwu

    Chapter 24 Electrification and Energy Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Status, Issues and Effects, from a Source-to-Household Perspective

    Vikrant Katekar and Sandip Deshmukh

    Chapter 25 The Role of Nuclear Power under the Energy Transition: An Unsustainable Approach to Taiwan’s Nuclear-Free Homeland By 2025?

    Anton Ming-Zhi Gao


    Dr Muhammad Asif is a Professor at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager, and a Member of the Energy Institute. He has 20 years of teaching and research experience at various European and Middle Eastern Universities. His areas of research interests include energy transition, renewable energy, energy policy, energy security, sustainable buildings, and life cycle assessment. He has authored/edited six books and has published more than 100 journal and conference papers.