Smart Energy: From Fire Making to the Post-Carbon World first traces the history of mankind's discovery and use of energy. It then reviews contemporary issues such as global warming, environmental deterioration, depletion of carbon energy sources, and energy disputes. Next, it evaluates technical innovations, system change, and international cooperation. Then, it tackles how civilization will evolve in light of meeting future energy needs, how Smart Energy will meet these needs, and defines the global mission. It ends with a summary of China’s vision of a Smart Energy future. This is required reading for everyone concerned about energy, environment, economy, human survival, and development
Table of Contents
Preface. Exordium. Approaching Energy: Our Driving Force of Development. Face-Changing Skill: Energy. Conversion and Its Law. Like the Shadow Following the Body: Ubiquitous Energy. Blazing Fire: Beginning of Making Great Achievements. Domestication a Godsend: Expansion of Farming Force. Coal and Steam: Pushing Hand of Industrial Revolution. Electromagnetic Light: Ruler of Information Civilization. Climate Warming: A Hot Topic. Environmental Damage: Not Unwarranted Anxiety. The Seven Rivers about to Dry Up? Wind Is Difficult to Be Tamed. Technical Innovation: The Sunshine Passing through Clouds. System Change: Paving the Way for Advance. International Cooperation: Making Efforts for Win-Win. Prudent and Optimistic: There Is Still Disappointment in Hopes. Civilization Evolution: Principal Line of Energy Promotion. Intelligent Energy: The Wonderful Flower Born of Time. Totally Natural: Integration of Technology and System. Global Mission: Has a Very Long Way to Go. China’s Responsibility: Rationally Take. A Letter to Home. Hand in Hand: To Create Our Future.
Dr. Jianping Liu obtained master degree in economics of Human Resources from Renmin University of China in 1996, master degree in E-business of British Queen Margaret University in 2001, doctor degree in economics of Industrial Economics from Renmin University of China in 2005, and worked as a postdoctor of Environment Economy at Research Center of Ecological Environment of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007. Successively worked in Finance Ministry, State Administration for Industry and Commerce, State Electricity Regulatory Commission. At present, he is division director of Department of Development and Plan of National Energy Administration, research fellow of Institute of Urban environment of Chinese Academy of sciences and professor of China-Eu Institute of Clean and Renewable Energy of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He has published more than 20 papers on a wide range of topics in system reform and energy development. Also he has written 4 books since 2006, and his latest book Intelligent Energy –The Ten Thousand Years of Us (Written in Chinese ) won the first prize of Popular Science Books Award by Chinese Society for electrical engineering, China Reading Weekly Top 100 Books Award in 2013, also the book is the candidate book of Popular Science Books Award by China Science Writers’ Association.
Dr. Shaoqiang Chen obtained master degree in finance of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, master degree in public policy management of Hitotsubashi University, doctor degree in economics of Research Institute for Fiscal Science, Ministry of Finance. Now served in Research Institute for Fiscal Science, Ministry of Finance as researcher and supervisor of postgraduate. Research mainly involves the fiscal and monetary policy, state-owned assets management, social security, energy-saving and emission-reduction. He had already published dozens of articles in these areas.
Dr. Tao Liu obtained master degree in management of Changsha university of science, doctor degree in economics of Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, postdoctor of Institute of Economic Management of Tsinghua university.