The major challenge to research on hydrocarbon history is the accessibility of archival sources. Among other factors, the restricted access to corporate records has limited the field of exploration of the discipline so far.
Energy sources. News from the Archives and Heritage
Archival collections are an essential component of our shared heritage in energy history, along with objects and sites. The “Energy Sources” section presents news from the archives on which future history will be based, as well as from the broader world of heritage. It is developed in relation with EOGAN (European Oil and Gas Archive Network), and more specifically by its president, the archivist and historian Marta Musso.
This paper presents the World Energy Council (WEC) as an archive for research on the history of energy.
When oil was found in water depths larger than 150 meters in the North Sea in the 1970s, a new and revolutionary concept was needed to be able to support deck structures for production of petroleum.
The increasing digitisation and availability of energy data facilitates their application in research and teaching, but also requires careful source criticism, due to the variety of methodological conventions. This paper introduces the basic principles of quantitative energy studies.