The Great Simplification #78 – Iñigo Capellán Pérez: “Net Energy Analysis: Through a Systems Lens”

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The Great Simplification

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Date of Publication: July 5

Year of Publication: 2023

Publisher: The Great Simplification

Author(s): Nate Hagens

In this episode, global systems researcher Iñigo Capellán Pérez joins Nate to discuss net energy analysis, and its use as a tool in analyzing the feasibility of an entire system. While net energy analysis is complex and polarized, some form of it will be necessary to guide society into a resource-constrained future. The energy outlook of a technology changes when scaled up to meet the needs of a larger society. Many models and EROI analyses that fail to take a system-wide view and only look at a single technology use case, only reflect the partial net energy story. When looking at the huge scale-up needed for ‘solutions’ such as Green Growth and Net Zero Transitions, do the hopes for renewable technologies hold up the lifestyles we’ve come to expect over the last century of fossil surplus? Do our policymakers and leaders have the full picture to make competent decisions? How can we best use these tools to make creative responses to guide us through a Great Simplification?

About Iñigo Capellán Pérez

Iñigo is an Industrial Engineer currently doing research with The Group of Energy, Economy and Systems Dynamics (GEEDS) of the University of Valladolid. He holds a Master’s degree in Electric Energy and Sustainable Development and a Ph.D. in Economics with his dissertation on “Development and Application of Environmental Integrated Assessment Modelling towards Sustainability” at the University of the Basque Country. His research interests focus on the analysis and modeling of the energy-economy-environment systems, the transition to renewable energies in the context of the depletion of fossil fuels and climate mitigation, and the technical and social transformations towards sustainability.

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