Energy is the lifeline of modern society and has shaped the world from
the end of the 19th century. Modern life, as we know it
energy. The supply of most fossil source of energy
(coal, oil) is finite and declining because of ever increasing
demand. Patterns of demand and supply of energy have been changing:
while consumption in some countries has declined, industrial
development of countries of the third world and the eastern block
(previously thought politically impossible) has begun to result in an
ever increasing demand for energy and thus, raw material in these
countries. So has the rise in global population. Shifts in supply of
and demand for energy will force the establishment of new supply
structures for fossil energy and electric power. At the same time
environmental price for the use of fossil fuels and its impact on
climate are beginning to be recognized and understood.
The contributions to this 7th international symposium on raw materials
entitled Energy - A changing scene address and comment new
developments, focussing on future energy consumption, diversification
of energy sources, impact of renewable sources of energy, deep natural
gas, nuclear power, and geothermal energy. Papers also address the
role of coal deposits as a source of secondary gas, european research
on future sources of energy and the role of the countries of the
former USSR as suppliers of hydrocarbons.
The contributions should be of interest to anybody interested in
energy management, economy and earth resources.