The current, complex fuel situation is summarized, and possibilities of increased energy supply and other advanced technology energy sources (solar and geothermal) are briefly discussed. The need is identified of short term stop-gap solutions, and the potential is emphasized of the imaginative application of old technologies. The construction of large numbers of cheap gasifiers of different designs, capacity and product gas may not only be a short-term solution but may point the way to alternative engineering solutions of the long-term problem. The relationship between energy consumption and GNP is discussed as well as other critical factors that could limit growth. Comments are made on the impact of the increased cost of energy on industry, on transportation and on domestic and commercial use. Efficiency in the use of fuel is urged and the key to fuel and energy saving is seen to be the development of a carefully planned, systematic strategy. This will require the development of an energy accounting system, target figures for return of investment, and use of these figures to achieve greater thermal efficiency. With these data it would be possible to estimate the quantity of energy wasted and how this may be saved. Cost and priorities and cost control are the next factors to be considered. Periodic re-evaluation of projects and priorities is also essential. The importance is emphasized of contingent flexibility in both planning and costing. Estimates of annual expenditure and manpower allocations are briefly discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Chemical Society

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    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Essenhigh, R H
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

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  • Accession Number: 00083009
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1975 12:00AM