A Perspective on the World's Energy Challenge

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Modern life depends upon the availability of plentiful energy at reasonable cost. Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of Engineering at Lehigh University, John C. Chen seeks a perspective of the world's current challenges with respect to energy, its supply and demand, and effects on our day-to-day life. As an AIChE member, you can view the complete webinar http://bit.ly/bfujso.

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  • An awesome perspective, and it doesn't [pick a side on climate change - just highlights the need for a sense of urgency, and conservation, in hopes of meeting demand. Thank you.
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A Perspective on the World's Energy Challenge

  1. 1. 1<br />The World’s Energy Challenge-- A Perspective --<br />John C. Chen<br />Emeritus Carl R. Anderson Professor and Dean<br />College of Engineering, Lehigh University<br />Past President , American Institute of Chemical Engineers<br />2009<br />
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  5. 5. 5<br />Ref: BP Statistical Review of <br /> World Energy, June 2008<br />5<br />
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  8. 8. 8<br />8<br />With Aggressive Conservation<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />Summary<br /><ul><li> Living standards are dependent upon availability of energy.
  10. 10. World’s need for energy likely to double before 2050.
  11. 11. Alternative energy sources needed, but insufficient.
  12. 12. HC fuels continue to be needed for primary energy.
  13. 13. Demand will exceed supply for HC’s in 3-5 decades.
  14. 14. Conservation may provide ~25 years more time.
  15. 15. Scale of required infrastructure is immense.
  16. 16. Use of HC energy leads to concern with atmospheric CO2</li></ul>Conclusion<br />Human society faces a serious challenge<br />for energy supply with concommitment <br />to environmental sustainability<br />9<br />
  17. 17. 10<br />Needed<br />Conservation to gain time.<br />Smart, intensive, and extensive engineering to <br />address the huge scale of infrastructure and <br />operational requirements.<br />Transformational research to develop ultimate<br />source(s) of primary energy.<br />Coordinated developments to insure environmental<br />sustainability.<br />Sense of urgency.<br />10<br />

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