The Future of Energy 2021 Edition – The guide to sustainability, renewable energy, climate change and the energy transition.
The ‘Future of Energy’ is written to be accessible for anyone interested in learning more about energy. Substantially updated in 2021 to reflect the impact of Covid-19 on the world of energy, the book takes the reader through a future for energy generation, transportation, and utilisation. Concise and comprehensive, the book brings together discussion on energy and thoughts on the range of topics which form the fulcrum of the challenges ahead of us including climate change, hydrogen, heat, sustainability, and renewable energy. Written to spark ideas, discussion and debate the ‘Future of Energy’ engages the reader in the future challenges and opportunities of this hugely exciting and important field.
Energy is a huge field, touching every part of society. Without it we couldn’t cook, heat our homes, make steel, travel or pretty much do anything. Since humans first made fire to warm themselves and cook, energy has been a cornerstone of progression and since the times of Watt and Brunel it is hydrocarbons in the form of coal, oil and gas which have driven us forward; forming the cornerstones of a revolution which has changed every aspect of our daily lives. In 2020 we stand at a crossroads. On the one hand to continue our existing path reliant on hydrocarbons and the resultant impact on the planet. On the other hand, there is an alternative route in which we find another way, utilising hydrocarbons differently – and in lower volumes – and finding energy from ‘alternative’ sources including many that already exist and are rapidly moving from niche to main stream.
There exists a huge range of information on the ‘energy transition’ with competing technologies and theories vying for supremacy. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing there is an easy answer or ‘silver bullet’ to the huge challenges we face. It is substantially more complicated with an inevitable patchwork of future technologies, rather than a single simple solution. There is no perfect answer to the challenges we face but most will in some way shape the way we use energy through the next decade and beyond.
The author takes you on a… journey through a range of environmental scenarios (home heating, air travel, industrial consumption) where energy is the problem but also, potentially, brings a range of solutions. Enough detail to keep the purists happy but also simply written so the amateur won’t get lost. Andrew, May 2020
A very good guide to the challenges the energy industry faces today. I will be recommending it to all my team to get up to speed with the industry – incredibly accessible in how the ideas are laid out. Seb, Conference Producer, May 2020
This should be mandatory reading for future undergraduates and graduates as part of our induction process. Darren, Senior Energy Manager, May 2020
The author manages to present a complex topic in an engaging and authoritative way. Andrew, May 2020
I’d highly recommend this book to anybody working within energy or interested in learning more about the movement towards clean energy. I’d been looking for a book like this for years, but couldn’t find anything that wasn’t a chunky textbook. This book is both to the point and thorough at the same time. It’s very factual and John also offers his expert opinion on particular issues. Looking forward to next edition! Jon, September 2020 (via Amazon)
There are a lot of long, intricate reports, papers and books about the “energy transition” that are really rather dull. This is the opposite. Concise while being comprehensive. Thorough but with a bit of a personal perspective that makes it interesting. Realistic about the challenges but with a dose of optimism about what could be done. Well-informed but accessible. However, the only However, the only certainty is that this will change over time so I hope the author can offer regular updates. Elmes, September 2020 (via Amazon)
Great book by John Armstrong on the future of the energy transition and I recommend it to anybody who has an interest in this field. Having known John for several years he has a great understanding and excellent knowledge around this sector! K Singh, September 2020 via Amazon
Highly recommended “The Future of Energy” by John Armstrong, as a brilliant and concise one-evening-read, a snapshot of the situation within the Energy sector, not excluding the complexities, major challenges and an overview of a potential black swan possibly to become the energy of the future – #ammonia. The most intriguing part is naturally “The future” where author speculates on scenarios, not excluding the electrification importance and digitalisation influx into the sector (i.e., evolution of the Smart Solutions as the most glamorous manifestation of IoT). An ultimate pity, this part only covers the UK, still a good proxy to project over other geographies. Inese Dose via LinkedIn