Lecture material covered in Chapter 2 of Boyle (2012) covers a lot of ground, starting with the definition of primary energy, the units used to quantitate energy and the consequences of the first law or thermodynamics. Global primary energy resources and consumption are introduced with an overview.
In the second section, primary energy production and consumption in three fossil fuel-dependent, industrialized countries - the UK, Denmark and the US - are compared with one another. They are contrasted with the profiles of three very different countries: France, dependent on nuclear power; India, reliant on coal and biomass; and China, addicted to coal. It's worth noting that most of the data presented in our text is from 2008 and 2009 and national energy profiles have begun to change.
2.2: Energy 'consumption'
2.3: Quantities of energy
2.4: Interpreting energy data
2.5: Global & regional primary energy sources
2.6-2.8: Primary energy use in the UK vs. Denmark vs. US
2.9-2.11: Primary energy use in France vs. India vs. China
Additional resources & links of interest:
___ Aug: Read Box 2.9 Bioenergy (p. 48-49) to learn about traditional biomass vs. 'new biomass. Read about the changes in UK energy use (p.53-58). Their pattern is fairly typical of industrialized countries: find it, use it up; repeat.
___Aug: Read the national energy profiles in detail. Focus on why the energy systems of these nations developed as they did. Are there lessons for creating more sustainable energy systems?