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A Solution to Global Warming Problems


Dr. Nam P. Suh has served as the president of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) from July 2006 to March 2013. He has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970.  At MIT, Dr. Suh held the positions of director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, head of the department of Mechanical Engineering, director of the MIT Manufacturing Institute, and director of the Park Center for Complex Systems. (See Author at end of article).

Electrification of Ground Transportations Systems (EGTS) based on On-Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV), and Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance (SMFIR) 

In the 21st century, we must solve global warming problems, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control (IPCC). To achieve this goal, we must reduce the emission of CO2 by burning less fossil fuel. Since about a half of CO2 emission is from internal combustion (IC) engines, we should either replace IC engines with electric motors or double the efficiency of IC engines to bring the “well-to-wheel” efficiency of IC engines on par with electrical motors. We could also replace coal with natural gas in electric power plants or safe nuclear power plants. These actions will improve the quality of life and economic growth, because many countries are using too much of their resources to buy energy, especially petroleum, which lowers the quality of life and their economic development. The CO2 problem, if unchecked, will jeopardize the future of our younger generations due to global warming. We can solve both of thee problems, i.e., energy and the environment, by electrifying ground transportation systems. These goals can be achieved with On-Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV), which utilizes Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance (SMFIR).

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