5 episodes

In recent years new renewable energy technologies are being investigated and the infrastructure to support different renewable sources of energy are being developed. As these new technologies mature, viable alternatives need to be considered in the interim to reduce the economic and environmental impact on the quality of life. Environmental, economical, technological, energy security, scalability, social, cultural, policy, and standard of living factors need to be considered and evaluated, in the interim period, as the world moves toward renewable energy sources without destabilizing the global energy balance. Many options exist that can be considered as energy sources during this transition period, which include fossil fuels, bio-fuels, renewable energy sources, nuclear, geothermal and others. Different energy sources need to be evaluated from a holistic point of view to determine management of the dilemma between minimizing carbon footprint and maintaining quality of living.

Bridging Fuels for the Future Seminar Series Spring 2011 University of Oklahoma

    • Technology

In recent years new renewable energy technologies are being investigated and the infrastructure to support different renewable sources of energy are being developed. As these new technologies mature, viable alternatives need to be considered in the interim to reduce the economic and environmental impact on the quality of life. Environmental, economical, technological, energy security, scalability, social, cultural, policy, and standard of living factors need to be considered and evaluated, in the interim period, as the world moves toward renewable energy sources without destabilizing the global energy balance. Many options exist that can be considered as energy sources during this transition period, which include fossil fuels, bio-fuels, renewable energy sources, nuclear, geothermal and others. Different energy sources need to be evaluated from a holistic point of view to determine management of the dilemma between minimizing carbon footprint and maintaining quality of living.

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    Innovation and Uncertainty in the Bridging Fuels Dilemma

    Innovation and Uncertainty in the Bridging Fuels Dilemma

    Dr. Cox focuses on how innovation and uncertainty interact to foster a transition to minimum carbon-footprint fuels for the next 25 years. The special focus will be on the role public policy plays in facilitating this transition.

    • 59 min
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    Economic and Business Perspectives in the Bridging Fuel Dilemma

    Economic and Business Perspectives in the Bridging Fuel Dilemma

    Dr. Fernando examines the economic sustainability of the current US dependence on petroleum imports and uses this context to discuss the economic forces that will drive investment in alternative energy and build the bridge to a sustainable energy future. He concludes by examining the role of the energy industry in shaping this future and the economic criteria that will determine the future posture of the energy business.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    • video
    Innovation and Uncertainty in the Bridging Fuels Dilemma

    Innovation and Uncertainty in the Bridging Fuels Dilemma

    Dr. Cox focuses on how innovation and uncertainty interact to foster a transition to minimum carbon-footprint fuels for the next 25 years. The special focus will be on the role public policy plays in facilitating this transition.

    • 48 min
    • video
    Bridging Fuels: A Case for Natural Gas

    Bridging Fuels: A Case for Natural Gas

    The Hydrocarbon Era is not over! It is in transition for sure, but we must see to it that the transition is not a head-strong rush to marginal alternative energy sources at the expense of more proven, reliable and cost-effective resources we have in ample supply. Bruce Stover, an OU Petroleum Engineering graduate and retired energy company executive will speak about his passionate belief that Natural Gas is THE best bridging fuel for the future - both in the US and most of the rest of the world. How can we get the public to buy-in to the merit of converting our fleets to use natural gas?

    • 1 hr 8 min
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    End of Semester Bridging Fuels Debate

    End of Semester Bridging Fuels Debate

    After a semester of speakers and brainstorming sessions that addressed the question: “In the context of bridging fuels what are the important factors to consider for meeting the global energy demands (for the next 25yrs) while minimizing carbon footprints AND without sacrificing quality of life?” The University of Oklahoma debate team took on the positions of each of the energy options. Prior to the debate, debaters met with the speakers and students of the course to formulate well rounded points that were student driven. Students of the seminar series were able to see their perspectives argued and rebutted by national championship debaters.

    • 2 hrs 3 min

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