1st Edition

Sustainable Energy Pathways to Net Zero

By Larry E. Erickson, Gary Brase Copyright 2025
    160 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Sustainable Energy Pathways to Net Zero addresses realistic pathways, between now and 2050, to reach net zero: a steady state concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It discusses solar and wind energy, hydrogen, energy storage, and electric vehicles, which are becoming increasingly cost-efficient and are all part of these pathways. Hydrogen, the price of electricity, the integration of different sources of electricity into the electrical grid, and the electrical vehicle charging networks, are crucial in balancing supply and demand. This book describes how these different energy factors fit together. It emphasizes the fact that it is the intersection of these technologies where the most profound advances can occur.


    • Emphasizes the importance of demand management for electricity and reducing cost.
    • Explains the economics of reaching net zero emissions and the role of innovation and public policies, among others.
    • Discusses the cost and efficiency of solar and wind power, electric vehicles, and storage technologies and describes the benefits of battery swapping.
    • Focuses on the role of integration of different sources of electricity into the electrical grid as an important part of the pathway.
    • Recommends research and development on electrochemical processes to remove carbon from the ocean.
    • Written in a simple language for a general audience and understandable for a global market.
    • Is Open Access to encourage global use.

     This book is a great resource for government and industry professionals involved in energy production and management, as well as academics and students in science and engineering interested in the pathways to sustainable development.

    1. Introduction.  2. Solar Energy.  3. Wind Energy.  4. The Smart Electrical Grid.  5. Reliability.  6. The Electrification of Transportation.  7. Heating, Cooling and Lighting Buildings.  8. Agriculture and Global Food Systems.  9. The Complex Role of Hydrogen.  10. Economics and Policies for Sustainable Energy.  11. Tables.  12. Humans in the Loop: Decision Making Processes.  13. International Sustainable Development: Collective Action, War, and Peace.  14. Conclusions: Recent Developments.  15. A Moment of Truth.


    Larry E. Erickson is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University where he has been involved in teaching and research for more than 30 years. He directed the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center from 1989- 2003 and the Center for Hazardous Substance Research from 1985-2018. He has helped to provide leadership for the NATO project New Phytotechnology for Cleaning Contaminated Military Sites. He has published several books and helped as coauthor of over 400 professional publications. His B.S. and PhD are in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University.

    Gary L. Brase is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University. He studies complex human decision making using social, cognitive, and evolutionary theories.  His research includes work on topics such as medical decisions, decisions about sustainability issues, relationship and fertility decision making, personality and mating decisions, and reasoning about social rules. Dr. Brase has over 100 journal and book chapter publications and over 125 research presentations. He has been at K-State since 2007.