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Energy - Engine of Evolution

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Energy - Engine of Evolution

Frank Niele

ISBN 044451886X
Pages 190

Energy: Engine of Evolution is a compelling book that provides a compact history of energy over the last four billion years, with the aim of creating a sound basis to understanding the possible futures of the energy industry. It describes the role that energy has played in the evolution of nature and culture, the impact it has had on the world over time and the implications that we are faced with concerning the role of energy in the future.

This book describes the relationship between life and energy through time, outlining how the major revolutions in the evolution of life on earth were driven by developments at the energy frontiers. Energy: Engine of Evolution states that we are on the verge of the next energy revolution, where we will learn how to master new energy forms in a new way. As a result of years of research and discussions by leading experts in the oil and gas industry, this publication offers inspiring insights and examples of new approaches to technological and evolutionary developments, paving the way towards a more sustainable future.

PART I. THE FIRST FIVE ENERGY REVOLUTIONS -a time journey through the history of life- Chapter 1. The Photo-Energy Revolution The origin of life The origin of sunlight The origin of planet Earth The origin of the living cell The Thermophilic Regime Photosynthesis and free oxygen The origin of photosynthesis Sunlight-driven energy technology The Phototropic Regime And the face of the earth changed Two grand carbon cycles The self-inflicted crisis Chapter 2. The Oxo-Energy Revolution The origin of aerobic respiration The origin of breathable air Global oxygen crisis Aerobic respiration Oxygen-driven energy technology Microbial symbiosis The origin of the eukaryotic cell design The microbial energy majors The Aerobic Regime Biological diversification Ecological growth And the face of the earth changed The changing landscape Competition and adaptation Chapter 3. The Pyro-Energy Revolution The origin of hominids It needed a crisis The origin of human culture The quest for the human advantage Man the fire master The human advantage The origin of fire Active use of fire The Pyrocultural Regime Societal metabolism The Symbolisational Signal And the face of the earth changed A changing lifestyle And life changed the land Chapter 4. The Agro-Energy Revolution Man the solar farmer The Agricultural Revolution The forces that shaped the revolution The Agrocultural Regime The emergence of competing energy chains A new reality emerges The Quantificational Signal The Scientific Revolution And the face of the earth changed From farms to nation states The growing human footprint Chapter 5. The Carbo-Energy Revolution Hydrocarbon Man The agrocultural energy crisis The dawn of ancient sunlight The Carbocultural Regime The Carbian Explosion An explosion of competing energy chains Electric energy as information carrier Carbocultural, non-fossil energy chains Sensitive scientific senses And the face of the earth changed The surging human footprint From fire master to fire addict PART II. THE NEXT ENERGY REVOLUTION -evolutionary energetics, models and scenarios- Chapter 6. The Staircase of Energy Regimes Energy regimes The foundation of the Staircase model The rise and fall of complexity The evolution of information Generating information From genes to memes and artefacts Socio-technological development The rhythm of societal development The pushes and pulls of progress The evolution of system earth Chapter 7. The Emerging Helio-Energy Revolution Signs of a coming energy revolution The Macroscopical Signal Two perceptions of reality Leaving Carbon Valley Nuclear Valley Green Valley Sustainable development Limits to nuclear Limits to green The next energy revolution Symbian Man The Helio-Energy Revolution Socio-metabolic complexes And the face of the earth will change