Mark Jacobson’s new book: 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything

To be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2020. If you would like to order the book in advance, please contact Matt Lloyd at Cambridge University Press. The book will be used during Spring, 2019 for a Stanford University course of the same name. The course is available online. Next spring, the course will likely be available at much lower cost or free.

Stanford University Course CEE 176B/276B (link).

This book examines the science, engineering, economic, social, and political aspects of transitioning towns, cities, states, countries, businesses, and the world to 100 percent clean, renewable wind-water-solar (WWS) energy and storage for everything. Such a transition will address air pollution, global warming, and energy security simultaneously. The book also examines ways to reduce non-energy emissions. It concludes that a transition among all energy and non-energy sectors worldwide is technically and economically possible. The main obstacles appear to be social and political.

The book starts by defining the air pollution, global warming, and energy insecurity problems we seek to solve (Chapter 1). Chapter 2 then discusses WWS electricity and heat generating technologies; transportation technologies; building heating and cooling technologies, high-temperature industrial heat technologies; appliances, and machines needed for a transition. It further discusses energy efficiency measures, electricity storage, heat and cold storage, and hydrogen storage. Finally, it discusses methods of addressing non-energy sources of greenhouse gas and aerosol particle pollution. Chapter 3 goes into depth about why we do not need natural gas as a bridge fuel, fossil fuels with carbon capture, nuclear power, biomass (with or without carbon capture), biofuels, synthetic direct air capture, or geoengineering.

Because a 100 percent WWS world is mostly electrified, Chapter 4 focuses on electricity basics. Solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind will likely comprise the largest share of a WWS world. As such, Chapter 5 discusses solar PV and solar radiation in depth. Chapter 6 discusses onshore and offshore wind. Chapter 7 moves on to discuss steps in developing a 100 percent WWS roadmap for a country, state, or city. Chapter 8 explains how to match power demand with supply with 100 percent WWS plus storage. Finally, Chapter 9 outlines my personal journey toward 100 percent; the movement that has arisen around the 100 percent WWS roadmaps; laws and commitments that have been implemented to date due to them; and the policies needed in the future to finally solve the problems of air pollution, global warming, and energy security.

The DRAFT Introduction and Table of Contents are here (pdf)


Some select draft sections of the text

Air pollution from fossil fuels, biofuels, bioenergy, and biomass burning is 2nd leading cause of death worldwide; a 100% WWS world will eliminate most deaths (pdf)

Contributors to Anthropogenic Global Warming Versus the Natural Greenhouse Effect (pdf)

Diagram of the components of WWS generation, storage, and use (pdf)

Updated timeline to transition 139 countries to 100% WWS and 5 reasons demand decreases 57.9% along the way (pdf)

How to eliminate all non-energy emissions in a 100% WWS World (pdf)

Countries, states, districts, counties, cities, towns, and businesses that have reached or committed to 100% renewables in one or more energy sector (pdf)

How clean, renewable wind-water-solar (WWS) energy reduces four types of energy insecurities that fossil fuels, with or without carbon capture, and nuclear create (pdf)

Changes in carbon dioxide upon implementing WWS (pdf)

How reducing transmission and distribution losses 1% can reduce fossil use 1.6 to 5.4% (pdf)

Maximum extractable wind power on Earth is 58 times that needed for our 2050 roadmaps (pdf)

Why excluding nuclear, fossils with carbon capture, and biofuels makes financial and climate sense (link)

Evaluation of carbon capture with coal and natural gas versus wind, water, and solar (pdf)

Evaluation of nuclear power versus wind, water, and solar (pdf)

Evaluation of biomass with and without carbon capture versus wind, water, and solar (pdf)

Evaluation of liquid biofuels versus wind, water, and solar (pdf)

Evaluation of direct air capture versus wind, water, and solar (pdf)

Evaluation of geoengineering versus wind, water, and solar (pdf)

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