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Eco-friendly Innovations in Electricity Transmission and Distribution Networks by Jean-Luc Bessede

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Introduction

The control of raw materials and energy procurement has long been a key element in the development of civilizations. From Neolithic times until the Industrial Revolution, energy was mostly used locally. Wind and water were major sources of energy but could only be used where and when available. Access to energy from the sun was limited to daylight hours and dependent on weather and seasonal variability. Solar energy was mostly used for drying, for example, to preserve foods or to dry ceramics before firing. Grease from animals or vegetable resins could be more easily transported as a fuel but only in small quantities. In some areas peat could be used and transported as a fuel. Perhaps the most important fuel was wood, which could ...

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