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Hans Günter Brauch (Ed.)

Technische Entwicklung, politische Strategien,
Handlungskonzepte zu erneuerbaren Energien und
zur rationellen Energienutzung

[Energy Policy
Technical Development, Political Strategies,
Concepts for Action on Renewables and
on Rational Energy Use

1997, 776pp., ISBN 3-540-61759-0,
€ 98.08 + 7% VAT


A team of expert authors deals with problems of energy systems and technology in this collection of interdisciplinary studies. Water and wind power, biomass, geothermal, photovoltaic and solar-thermal energy are included. Essays also deal with improving marketing and utilization in the European Union (EU), United States, and Japan; activities of the German government and proposals of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); strategies for rational utilization; methods of reaching consensus; criteria of evaluation and proposals for use in the Mediterranean area and in Africa; and political options and obstacles.

Authors: Dr. Christian Ahl; Prof. Dr. Günter Altner; Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Uwe Carstensen; Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr; Dipl.- Ing. Matthias Eichelbrönner; Dr. Ulrich Fahl; Dr.-Ing. Franco Furger, Dipl.-Ing. Helmut Geipel, Prof. Dr. Joachim Grawe; Dr. John Grin; MR Dr. Paul-Georg Gutermuth; Dr. Hermann Henssen; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Burkhard Horlacher; Dr.-Ing. Martin Kaltschmitt; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Kleinkauf; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmar Krupp; Dr.-Ing. Helmut Lawitzka; Dipl.-Phys. Harry Lehmann; Dr. Rolf Linkohr, MdEP; Dipl.-Ing. Holger Liptow; Dr. Hans-Jochen Luhmann; Prof. Dr. Joachim Luther; Dr. Dr. Jacob Emmanuel Mabe; Dipl. Pol. Andreas Maurer; Dr. Lutz Mez; Prof. Dr. Gerd Michelsen; Prof. Dr. Werner Nahm; Dr.-Ing. Joachim Nitsch; Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Nottarp; Dip.-Ing. Rolf-p. Owsianowsky; Dr. Peter Palinkas, MR Dr. Walter Sandtner; Dr. Burkhard Sanner; Dipl.-Ing. Peter Schaumann; Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Michael Schreiber; Prof. Dr. Rolf Peter Sieferle; Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Frithjof Staiß; Dr. Bernhard Truffer; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alfred Voß; Dr. Rainer Walz; Prof. Dr. Wolfram Wettling; Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wiese; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carl-Jochen Winter; Dr. Volker Wittwer, Prof. Dr. Karl Wohlmuth.

The book is organised in 10 parts and contains 36 chapters. It is introduced with a preface by Rolf Linkohr, a member of the European Parliament. In the appendix it includes a list of the used measures, a comprehensive list of addresses on energy policy, a glossary, a comprehensive list of literature, biographies of the editor and of the authors and a detailed index including persons and subjects.

After an introduction by the editor on: "energy policy in the context of climate policy in the transition to the 21st century", part I on energy history and energy systems includes three chapters by Rolf Peter Sieferle on the pre-industrial solar energy system and two chapters by Carl-Jochen Winter and Alfred Voß on the basic statements of thermodynamics. Part II on energy technology and potentials for renewables includes six chapters by Hans-Burkhard Horlacher on global and national potentials for hydropower, by Andreas Wiese and Martin Kaltschmidt on wind energy usage in Germany, by Werner Kleinkauf on the perspectives for wind energy use in Germany, by Christian Ahl on biomass, by Burkhard Sanner on geothermal energy and by Joachim Luther, Wolfram Wettling and Volker Wittwer on solar thermal and photovoltaic energy systems.

In part III on the improvement of the frameworks for the commercialisation of renewable energy three chapters by Hans-Joachim Luhmann on tax incentives for renewables, by Franco Furger and Bernhard Truffer on environmental certificates and by Michael Schreiber on energy conservation contracting. In Part IV on action plans and subsidies for renewables in the European Union, the US and Japan for renewables includes three chapters by Peter Palinkas and Andreas Maurer on the European Union, by Hans Günter Brauch on the USA and by Helmar Krupp on Japanese energy policy.

In part V four chapters deal with activities by the German federal government with regard to renewables and for rational energy use by Walter Sandtner, Helmut Geipel and Helmut Lawitzka on the research emphasis with regard to renewables and energy conservation, by Paul-Georg Gutermuth on improved frameworks for the commercialisation of renewables, by Holger Liptow on the support for the German development cooperation and by Rolf.-p. Owsianowski on German development activities in Morocco. Part VI on concepts and proposals of non-governmental actors for CO2 reduction includes four chapters by Joachim Grawe representing the electricity industry, Uwe Thomas Carstensen for the renewable energy industry, Werner Nahm for the German Physcial Association and Harry Lehmann for Eurosolar.

In part VII four chapters by Alfred Voß, Ulrich Fahl and Peter Schaumann, Günter Altner, Hans-Peter Dürr, Gerd Michelsen and Joahim Nitsch as well as by Rainer Walz and Daniel Nottarp deal with rational energy use, renewables, nuclear energy and clean coal and their short-, medium and long-term potential for reducing CO2 emissions. In part VIII Lutz Mez, John Grin, and Matthias Eichelbrönner and Hermann Hensen discuss strategies and methods for a new energy consensus in Germany and criteria for the assessment of energy systems.

In part IX Joachim Nitsch and Frithjof Staiß, Hans Günter Brauch, Jacob Emmanueal Mabe and Karl Wohlmuth discuss concepts for action and proposals for an expansion of the use of solar energy in the Mediterranean and in Africa. Finally, in part X, instead of conclusions Hans Günter Brauch addresses problems of commercialisation and export promotion for renewables within the triad: political options and constraints.

hgb023; Language: German; Areas: renewables, biomass, hydro, solar, water, wind; Region: global, Europe, Germany, Japoan, United States, Mediterranean, Africa.