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Energy Basics: What is Energy?

In response to listener demand, we are launching a new mini-series on the Energy Basics. If you have found yourself occasionally challenged to follow some of the more technical conversations we have here, or even if you just want to brush up on the fundamentals, this mini-series is for you! We hope these episodes will give you a bit more familiarity with the terms and concepts of energy, and help to fill in some of the knowledge that you were never offered in school.

Each of these first three mini-episodes are about 20 minutes in length. Part 1 is available to all listeners. Parts 2 and 3 are available to full subscribers only – jump between each part using chapters in your podcast app.

Episode 119.1 – Energy Basics Part 1 – What is Energy? – What energy is at the atomic level, and different classifications of energy. [00:00 to 21:58]

Episode 119.2 – Energy Basics Part 2 – Energy Conversion – How and why we convert energy from one form to another. [21:58 to 43:23]

Episode 119.3 – Energy Basics Part 3 – Energy Uses – The ways we use energy and the various forms of energy. [43:23 to 1:04:41]

Guest:Dr. Paulina Jaramillo has a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Florida International University, as well as a master’s and PhD in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis in green design from Carnegie Mellon University. Her past research has focused on life cycle assessment of energy systems with an emphasis on climate change impacts and mitigation research. As a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, she is involved in key multi-disciplinary research projects to better understand the social, economic and environmental implications of energy consumption and the public policy tools that can be used to support sustainable energy development and consumption. She is now the Co-Director of the Green Design Institute and has started pursuing research about infrastructure systems for global development. She is also the Working Group III lead author for the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report.

On Twitter: @PauliJllo

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Recording date: December 9, 2019

Air date: April 15, 2020

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6 Comments on "Energy Basics: What is Energy?"

  1. IFuckPoliticiansInTheAss on Fri, 31st Jul 2020 11:33 am 

    Always nice to read StarvingLion as usual. Do you have stock data regarding US or Canada oil refinery, if you have time and feel like it of course.

    I think the supply chain is almost collapse and maritime cargo shipping is about to stop because of the lack of energy (Joule).

    All laptop are backordered. I have noticed that in February 2020, but I was expecting them to receive new shipment. They did not receive a new shipments , so I suspect we are about to see maritime cargo shipping stop.,54&PriceFilter=2&OPTID=12492,450069

  2. IFuckPoliticiansInTheAss on Fri, 31st Jul 2020 12:52 pm 

    Be mine Juan

  3. JuanP on Fri, 31st Jul 2020 1:04 pm 

    Unsealed Court Docs Suggest Bill Clinton Was On Epstein’s Pedo Island With “2 Young Girls

  4. ahsen soomro on Fri, 31st Jul 2020 1:58 pm 

    Chapter 1 is definitely very interesting! Looking forward to learn more from chapters 2 and 3. Wrote an article similar to this which showed examples of renewable and non-renewable energy resources.

  5. Davy on Fri, 31st Jul 2020 2:12 pm 

    “A Quarter Of All Household Income In The US Now Comes From The Government”

    “The US is now in the same category as such “banana republics” as Turkey, China and, drumroll, Russia. What is just as stunning: according to the OECD, more than half of the countries in question have a more vibrant middle class than the US. So the next time someone abuses the popular phrase “they hate us for our [fill in the blank]”, perhaps it’s time to counter that “they” may not “hate” us at all, but rather are making fun of what has slowly but surely become the world’s biggest banana republic.”

  6. Abraham van Helsing on Fri, 31st Jul 2020 2:20 pm 

    “Hydrogen Is A Top Contender In The Race To Zero Carbon”

    Government response has been generic until recently. Although most governments across the world have yet to recognize the potential, the European Commission recently unveiled its plans for hydrogen in the coming decades. It calls for investments of at least €65 billion – about $75 billion – over the next decade in order to fully deploy this technology. In response, the commission created the “European Clean Hydrogen Alliance,” whose goal is to build a pipeline of viable investment projects involving hydrogen.

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