This article, as its title suggests, wishes to discuss some methodological issues of historical research on the industrial past of gas lighting and its sources.
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.
The Empresa Nacional Calvo Sotelo de Combustibles Líquidos y Lubricantes (ENCASO) was a company created in 1942 within Spain’s National Institute of Industry (INI) by Minister Juan Antonio Suanzes, in an effort to control the country’s strategic energy sector.
Introducing a large panel dataset of economy-wide real electricity prices and estimating long-run GDP and price elasticities of electricity demand for high- and middle-income panels
We assemble a particularly large dataset of real economy-wide electricity prices (2015 US cents per kilowatt hour) by first consumption-weighting electricity prices for industry and residential households.
Local perspectives of national energy projects: reconstructing the impact of post war nuclear power stations in north Wales from archival sources
While national energy infrastructure projects possess significant reach and scale in supply terms, they are focused on a smaller number of power generation sites and have a significant impact on those specific localities. Britain’s post war nuclear power programme was no different.
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.
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.