Top Australian electrical engineer Professor Peter Seligman (University of Melbourne) has written a very topical and important book fro Australia at this moment entitled "Australian Sustainable Energy - by the numbers" (available for free download c/- the University of Melbourne Energy Institute: http://energy.unimelb.edu.au/index.php?page=ozsebtn ).
However, using the ABC Search function to "search the entire ABC site" for the terms "australian sustainable energy - by the numbers" and "peter seligman" yields zero (0) results (27 December 2011); repeat ABC Searches (24 April 2012) for these 2 terms respectively yielded 2 results (both posted listener comments by Dr Gideon Polya) and 3 results (all posted listener comments, 2 by Dr Gideon Polya). A Google Search for these 2 terms (24 April 2012) yielded 2,150 and 46,700 results, respectively.
In comparison an ABC Search (27 December 2011) for the term "lord monckton" yields 194 results for this non-scientist, climate change sceptic, climate change denialist, UK populist lecturer and a 24 April 2012 ABC Search yielded 151 results.
This what the prestigious University of Melbourne's Melbourne Energy Institute had to say about this important book about which the ABC appears determined - for whatever reason - to keep Australians in the dark: "
The Melbourne Energy Institute is pleased to offer Dr Peter Seligman's new book Australian Sustainable Energy- by the numbers or free download.
Based on (English Physicist) David MacKay's Sustainable Energy - without the hot air, Peter Seligman's book provides a clear account of Australia's renewable energy potential. Peter has analysed a raft of available technologies, and offers a blueprint of a nation-wide renewable energy system based on the most efficient mix of technology, societal, and habitual changes.
Peter's approach is to identify and emphasise strategies based on
what the numbers dictate here and now. He is critical of "futile
greeness", namely, actions based overly on sentiment as opposed to
substance. In this manner he offers a range of responses, suitable to
different levels of the energy system, which reliable live up to the
adage 'bang for buck'" (see: http://energy.unimelb.edu.au/index.php?page=ozsebtn ).
Here is my review of this important book ("Book review: "Australian Sustainable Energy - by the numbers" by Peter Seligman", Open Forum, 16 March 2010) :
"Professor Peter Seligman is not alone in estimating that Australia can rapidly and relatively cheaply ($253 billion) achieve 100% sustainable energy.
In 2010, top electrical engineer Professor Peter Seligman from the
University of Melbourne has published a very important book entitled, 'Australian Sustainable Energy - by the numbers' that sets out how Australia can rapidly install 100% renewable and geothermal electrical power for $253 billion.
Chapters 4 and 5 are the key chapters specifying and costing how Australian can rapidly move to 100% renewable energy.
For a very detailed and exhaustive review of the whole book see, Review: Peter Seligman’s ”Australian Sustainable Energy – by the numbers”. Climate catastrophe avoidable, Bellaciao, 9 July 2010.
The breakdown is:
This key chapter successively considers the bill, job creation,
feasibility of 100% renewable energy, the cost of the electricity (12
cents /KWh), CO2 production associated with construction (payback 1
year), security of supply, thermal storage with concentrated solar
(currently applied internationally) and feasibility (cf the US
industrial transformation from cars to tanks, Liberty shops and bombers
in Work War 2).
Beyond Zero Emissions published a detailed report entitled 'Australian Sustainable Energy. Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan' by a team of 20 engineers that costs 100% renewable energy for Australia (electricity supply plus replacement of oil with electricity for cars, freight rail and passenger rail transport) at $370 billion.
The breakdown is:
'Australian Sustainable Energy - by the numbers', by Peter Seligman is a very important book for Australia
an indeed the World. As an expertly compiled, case study assessment of
how one of the world’s worst per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) polluting
countries, Australia, can convert to 100% sustainable energy, this book
is also an important book for the World.