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2011 AAPT Summer Meeting
July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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BG02:

Energy and Power Density in Society
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 1:30 PM -2:00 PM
  Author: Abigail Mechtenberg, University of Michigan
734-975-0724, amechten@Umich.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: From the dawn of civilization, energy density and power density has been sought and fought after. This talk will walk through the foundation civilization has built for ourselves throughout the technological and nontechnological world and compare it to how nature has evolved. We will ponder if economics has broken a historical global symmetry by making the lowest energy state not the preferable state and ask ourselves why? Ten interactive Societal Ragone Plots will be presented and passed out: from vehicles to robots to hummingbirds. Results from an agent-based model of African electricity microgrids will be presented and juxtaposed to policy implications in the U.S. for our centralized grid with and without nuclear power. Monte-carlo simulation results for a designed U.S. military forward operating base in Afghanistan will be presented to discuss the risk that explains an amazing quote that "the U.S. loses one person, killed or wounded, for every 24 fuel convoys it runs in Afghanistan to run air-conditioners and power diesel generators." Energy and power density engages with society -- from African health care to U.S. military risk to everyday U.S. civilian activities.
  Footnotes: None
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