asias energy trends and developments innovations and alternative energy supplies volume 1 pdf

Volume 1 This book continues the sterling work published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) of the ISEAS Energy Studies’ Books series. They are based on lectures delivered at the ISEAS Energy Forum, which was launched in June 2004, and ended in September 2011, having organized 135 energy seminars and conferences. This volume also includes papers contributed by invited writers, who are experts on various energy issues.

These books serve to capture in a permanent book format the knowledge and data which were delivered in the Forum lectures, and might serve to help educate and sensitize the public about energy issues, as well as the persons who for some reason or other, had missed the lectures. Energy issues, such as energy security, energy efficiency and related subjects, such as climate change, global warming and global competition for resources, are still salient on the international agenda. The global financial crisis serves to underline the key roles that dependable, affordable and accessible energy resources play in the global economy.

Global economic recovery would be difficult if oil and gas prices should reach the spike in energy prices seen in 2008. China’s continuing high growth rates in the past few years, which have enabled China to play the role of global economic locomotive at a time when the G3 economies, namely, USA, EU and Japan were all simultaneously suffering from low growth, also depend on affordable energy prices. What is remarkable about this book is the wide range of energy issues addressed therein.

From climate change to clean energy; from energy innovation to Nano-energy, this volume ranges far and wide. It provides much useful data and expertise on energy issues. Readers all over the world might benefit by careful reading of this publication.The book concludes with a special section on nuclear energy issues in Asia. It is important to note that at the time of submission of the nuclear
papers, the Fukushima disaster had not yet happened and it is clear that since that tragic event, there has been a severe rethink about nuclear safety.

This section examines the potential role of nuclear power in Asia as awhole and in some individual Southeast Asian countries. It also describes the possibilities for cooperation in terms of the regulatory infrastructure and safeguards that need to be put in place, and soberly assesses all the
various risks involved in building and operating nuclear power plants. We are happy to contribute to the global debate on energy issues via this volume and this series. Finally, we would like to thank all contributors for their immense patience and understanding throughout the publications