ERIC Number: EJ932836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
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Assessing Our Ability to Design and Plan Green Energy Technologies
Vanderburg, Willem H.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v31 n4 p251-255 Aug 2011
In earlier days, craftspersons sustained by the experiences of countless generations embodied in a tradition were able to create extraordinarily appropriate artifacts. Today, these traditions have largely disappeared to make way for knowledge infrastructures whose "components" are the bodies of knowledge created, advanced, and applied by disciplines and specialties in a way that is separated from experience and culture. These knowledge components are integrated into structures by individual institutions including universities, corporations, and government ministries and by the institutional framework of societies as a whole. Today's disciplines are not the outcome of an exponential growth in scientific knowing and technical doing. They do not represent "chunks" of this knowing and doing in any ordinary way. They are the result of what the author has examined as the separation of scientific knowing and technical doing from experience and culture, which has altered their relations to daily life knowing and doing and people's ways of life. These transformations correlate very well with the spectacular successes of civilization and its equally spectacular failures. The author first examines this in general terms and then applies it, first to energy systems and then to wind farms. Green energy technologies are a critically important part of making energy strategies economically sound, socially viable, and environmentally sustainable. The author discusses how to assess one's ability to design and plan green energy technologies.
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