The United States has 5 percent of the world's population, yet consumes 35 percent of the total energy. This statistic reflects the availability of unlimited and cheap energy that has been enjoyed in this country. Unfortunately, this energy has been provided without much regard for the future, so that plentiful and cheap energy may not be possible much longer. A carefully formulated energy policy will be required to manage our remaining natural resources wisely and extend their longevity until other sources of energy can be developed.

There are five basic forms of energy: chemical, thermal, electrical, mechanical and radiant. Energy is consumed primarily in the thermal, electrical and mechanical forms. However, the source of almost all of our energy is chemical (petroleum or coal); so that conversions of chemical energy are necessary steps in our energy economy.

Meeting Name

2nd Annual UMR-MEC Conference on Energy (1975: Oct. 7-9, Rolla, MO)


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Chemical Energy Conversion

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

09 Oct 1975