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This book addresses energy-related issues in light of the options available to the European and Mediterranean countries. The articles attempt to identify and analyse the economic, environmental, societal and regional security issues that may emerge from those options. It is clear that a coherent energy strategy is required, addressing energy supply and demand, security of access, financial issues, market dynamics, and also taking into account the whole energy lifecycle including fuel production, transmission and distribution. In the short term, the aim should be to achieve higher energy efficiencies and increased supply from local energy sources, in particular renewable energy sources. In the long term, redesign of life styles, further increase of alternative energy sources and shift to new energy technologies and carriers is expected to contribute to solve or alleviate the problems generated by declining availability of fossil fuels. In this volume, energy experts provide background information and a detailed discussion of all these issues and strategies.
Preface . Multi-Method and Multi-Scale Analysis of Energy and Resource Conversion and Use; S. Ulgiati et al.-Using the MuSIASEM approach to study metabolic patterns of modern societies; M. Giampietro et al.- Seven Policy Switches for Global Security; J. Greyson.- Energy security and the social use of energy; I. Matutinović.-Technology wedges for Low Carbon Strategies in Industry; H. Schnitzer and M. Titz.-Sustainable energy for world economies; T. Muneer.-Cadmium flows and emissions: CdTe PV friend or foe?; M. Raugei.- Increasing RES Penetration and Security of Energy Supply by use of Energy Storages and Heat Pumps in Croatian Energy System; G. Krajačić et al.-Goals of EU in using renewable energy and abilities of Croatia in realization of those goals; N.Malbaša.-The key aspects of electricity and natural gas security of supply in Croatia; G. Majstrović et al.-Zero Emission Sources of Electricity: Cost, Capacity,
Advantages and Disadvantages; Oksana and Oleg Udovyk.-Analysis of energy options impact on regional security: The Case of Eastern Europe; Oksana and Oleg Udovyk.-Socio-Economic and Energy Development in Ukraine – Problems and Solutions; A. Gorobets.-Advances in small hydropower energy production in Ukraine; I. Winkler.-Securing energy supply at the regional level – the case of wind farming in Germany; J. Monsee et al.- Renewable Energies to Provide Sustainable Development Perspectives for North Africa: The Sahara Wind Project; K. Benhamou.-Renewable Energy Potentials in Serbia with Particular Regard to Forest and Agricultural Biomas; M. Protic et al.-Development of strategic scenarios and optimal structures for sustainable production of biofuels in Slovenia; H. Tokos et al.-Biomass for energy and the impacts on food security; S. Nonhebel.- Changing Energy Production, Emerging Technologies and Regional Security; B. Auffermann and F. Allievi.-Author Index.-