Energy Research Group Presentations

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March 2007


Presentation for The Search for a Sustainable Energy Future: Challenges for Basic Research, A Mini-Symposium sponsored by the Energy Working Group at Penn, March 9, 2007.


The need for energy affects almost every aspect of modern society. Indeed, the advent of coal as a widely-used energy source is sometimes viewed as the spark that started the Industrial Revolution. However, we are about to enter a new era due to increased competition from developing nations for the world's dwindling energy supplies and to the growing recognition that our current energy usage is unsustainable and is affecting the world's climate. It is apparent that research on energy-related issues will become increasingly important in the coming years.



Date Posted: 14 May 2007