The Current World Energy Situation and Suggested Future Energy Scenarios to Meet the Energy Challenges by 2050 in the UK
International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy
Volume 4, Issue 6, November 2015, Pages: 212-218
Received: Oct. 20, 2015; Accepted: Oct. 27, 2015; Published: Nov. 17, 2015
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Ahmed Gailani, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Waleed Al-sallami, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Nawar H. Imran, School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
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Currently, energy demand is ever increasing along with the high levels of population world-wide. The global dependence on fossil fuels is very high and the need for reducing our energy consumption in line with mitigating the greenhouse gasses emissions is compelling. With the current global reduction of oil prices, companies or even governments tend to import more energy due to economic reasons. For instance, recently, DHL which is a famous company providing international express delivery, introduced a helicopter express delivery in London. Such development gives a real indication that as people/agencies consume more fossil fuels, in fact, the world become closer to the reserves ending point. Accordingly, this makes renewables deployment and hence reducing energy cost is quite difficult. This paper gives an overview of the current world energy situation along with three energy scenarios for the UK to achieve the official announced targets by 2050. Finally, looking for liquid metal battery advantages to secure our future energy needs.
Liquid Metal Battery, Greenhouse Gasses, Global Energy Consumption, Energy Scenarios for the UK by 2050, DECC
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Ahmed Gailani, Waleed Al-sallami, Nawar H. Imran, The Current World Energy Situation and Suggested Future Energy Scenarios to Meet the Energy Challenges by 2050 in the UK, International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2015, pp. 212-218. doi: 10.11648/j.ijrse.20150406.12
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