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The Second Law and Energy (Panel)

The Second Law and Energy (Panel)

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Meeting the Entropy Challenge. In this valedictory panel to the two-day symposium, 10 speakers offer brief takes on how the Second Law of Thermodynamics might prove useful in seeking answers to our current energy challenge. Even before the oil embargo of 1973, Thomas Widmer recalls, Joe Keenan and his MIT colleagues wrote of an "entropy crisis." They analyzed the flow of work in industries and saw great inefficiencies that became crippling when fuel prices spiked. Despite 30 years of improvement, says Widmer, "the effectiveness of energy use is still less than 12%." In selling ideas to policy makers, he advises, talk about "energy productivity" rather than conservation. Ernest S. Geskin doesn't believe alternative energies will be viable quickly... Show More


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