David Mytton

Book Review (5/5) – Sustainable Energy – without the hot air (David J.C. MacKay)

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Originally published on Goodreads.

Despite the well-structured approach to describing the problem, the outlook for sustainable energy is not a positive one. This book explains why renewables will never be able to provide 100% of the energy in the UK unless we deploy country-scale facilities – something I doubt will ever happen. This is a good example of how to walk through a difficult topic so that it is accessible for non-specialists (particularly politicians) but still offer scientific detail if the reader wishes.

This book was published 10+ years ago. We have known about the problems of sustainable energy and climate change for decades. We have also known about the solutions, and yet whilst have made good progress (e.g. almost 40% renewables in the UK electricity generation sector in 2019), we haven’t made sufficient progress.