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Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030

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The industrial age of energy and transportation will be over by 2030. Maybe before. Exponentially improving technologies such as solar, electric vehicles, and autonomous (self-driving) cars will disrupt and sweep away the energy and transportation industries as we know it. The Stone Age did not end because we ran out of rocks. It ended because a disruptive technology usher ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Tony Seba
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Pedro Leon
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is an overly simplified assessment of a fundamental shift coming in the world of energy. I generally agree with its main point that solar energy will become the dominant form of energy to power humanity's needs. However, the analysis is too biased in favor if solar and does not do a good job of describing the challenges and limitations it faces either now or in the foreseeable future. Its worst fault is that it constantly repeats the overly optimist message of falling costs of solar wi ...more
Sean Goh
Oct 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
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This book suffers from a few glaring flaws, such as an overabundance of numbers at the expense of analysis. The graphs and charts are low resolution, making them close to pointless. Furthermore the author optimistically projects the exponential decrease of the cost of solar into the future, which reminded me of the fantastic Silicon Valley pitch presentations promising endless growth. Read with a good dose of salt.

Picked up a few fun facts:
More people in the world own cellphones than have acces
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Marcel Nunez
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was extremely disappointing. I expected a comprehensive survey of the exciting, rapidly growing field of renewable energy. Instead, I got 200+ pages of techno-optimist dogma.

The book is seems exciting and provocative because of its bold predictions, but the predictions are obviously foolish. Worst among these is his insistence that natural gas will play no role in the energy picture, which contradicts all of the available data, and the outlook of the Department of Energy. It was diffi
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Wesley Johnson
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Interesting points backed with data references but many typos that are evidence of a quickly written book. Slightly unbalanced in that it presents no thoughts against most of its concepts. It would have been a much stronger book if it were more balanced and carefully written.
Jason Gilmore
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty motivating, makes me want to get into solar. Seems really biased on a lot of other energy sources. You walk away thinking that all other energy options other than solar and wind are bad ideas but I really doubt that's the case. Also has a TON of typos.
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