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Visions of energy futures : imagining and innovating low-carbon transitions / Benjamin K. Sovacool.

Author/Creator:
Sovacool, Benjamin K. author.
Publication:
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, [2019]
Series:
Routledge studies in energy transitions
Routledge studies in energy transitions
Format/Description:
Book
xiv, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Subjects:
Clean energy industries -- Case studies.
Energy industries -- Technological innovations.
Energy policy.
Carbon dioxide mitigation.
Power resources -- Political aspects.
Carbon dioxide mitigation.
Clean energy industries.
Energy industries -- Technological innovations.
Energy policy.
Power resources -- Political aspects.
Form/Genre:
Case studies.
Summary:
"This book examines the visions, fantasies, frames, discourses, imaginaries, and expectations associated with six state-of-the-art energy systems--nuclear power, hydrogen fuel cells, shale gas, clean coal, smart meters, and electric vehicles--playing a key role in current deliberations about low-carbon energy supply and use. Visions of Energy Futures: Imagining and Innovating Low-Carbon Transitions unveils what the future of energy systems could look like and how their meanings are produced, often alongside moments of contestation. Theoretically, it analyzes these technological case studies with emerging concepts from various disciplines: utopianism (history of technology), symbolic convergence (communication studies), technological frames (social construction of technology), discursive coalitions (discourse analysis and linguistics), sociotechnical imaginaries (science and technology studies), and the sociology of expectations (innovation studies, future studies). It draws from these cases to create a synthetic set of dichotomies and frameworks for energy futures based on original data collected across two global epistemic communities - nuclear physicists and hydrogen engineers - and experts in Eastern Europe and the Nordic region, stakeholders in South Africa, and newspapers in the United Kingdom. This book is motivated by the premise that tackling climate change via low-carbon energy systems and practices is one of the most significant challenges of the twenty-first century, and that success will require not only new energy technologies, but also new ways of understanding language, visions, and discursive politics. This book will be essential reading for students and scholars of energy policy, energy and environment, and technology assessment"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction : visions and futures in the study of low-carbon energy systems
Technological utopianism : small modular reactors and the physics community
Symbolic convergence : hydrogen fuel cells and the engineering community
Technological frames : the interpretive flexibility of shale gas in Eastern Europe
Discursive coalitions : contesting clean coal in South Africa
Sociotechnical imaginaries : smart meters and the public in the United Kingdom
Expectations : electric mobility and experts in the Nordic region
Conclusion : dimensions, dichotomies and frameworks for energy futures.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Sovacool, Benjamin K., author. Visions of energy futures
ISBN:
9780367111991
0367111993
9780367112004
0367112000
9780367135171
9780429632501
9780429633997
9780429631016
OCLC:
1079410603
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