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|Energy 2050, A Call for Macro-Scale Thermal Managers|
|Keywords: Energy, Efficiency, CHP|
|Global population growth and the desire for better quality of life are driving significant increases in global energy consumption. Sources predict 30 to 40% growth in global energy consumption by year 2050. This outlook calls for more efficient methods of energy conversion. Approximately two-thirds of the nearly 100 quadrillion BTUs of energy presently consumed annually by the United States is rejected, mostly in the form of heat losses. Not surprisingly, the outlook predicts growth in combined heat and power (CHP)/cogeneration designs and other methods to recapture wasted energy. Is this job security for thermal managers? IMAPS-Thermal has been discussing the challenges of rejecting and/or reusing heat at the micro-, mini- and meso- scales for decades, with emphasis on the costs of inefficiencies to the device, system or corporation. The next step is to expand our thinking to include societal-scale opportunities in our dialog. The proposed paper will summarize the national energy outlook to year 2050 with an emphasis on rejected energy (losses). The presentation will be at the macro-scale and will focus on energy consumption by the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. By expanding its view, the IMAPS- Thermal brain trust can become an even more significant responder to this grand challenge.|
|John W. Peeples, PhD, P.E.,
The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina