Carlos de Castro Carranza

Contact: ccastro[@]termo.uva.es

Carlos de Castro Carranza is a professor in the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Valladolid and belongs to the recognized research group GEEDS (Group for Energy, Economics and Systems Dynamics) at the University of Valladolid. Carlos’s research is focused in two directions that feed back into each other:

1st The analysis and modeling of the biophysical limits imposed on our civilization by problems such as energy, climate change, loss of biodiversity, etc. together with the sociological and cultural “barriers” which are the fundamental causes of the collapse of our civilization. Carlos is looking for models of our collapsing civilization, exploring possible paths and scenarios that avoid “Mad-Max” scenarios or even human extinction.

2º The analysis and deep vision of the hypotheses and theories of Gaia. Carlos has developed a scientific holistic theory that he calls “organic Gaia” and now dedicates his efforts to exploring the consequences that this theory can have on philosophy, ethics, emotional / artistic aspects and even human spirituality. Together these fields, this “holistic-sophia” could visualize scenarios that help avoid Mad-Max-type exits, while at the same time helping to build the social and cultural foundations of possible future sustainable civilizations.

Publications:

  • Cambio Climático, Modelos e IPCC.” Iñigo Capellán-Pérez y Carlos de Castro. El Ecologista, no. 84 (2015): 18–20 (webPDF).
  • En defensa de una teoría Gaia Orgánica. Carlos de Castro. Ecosistemas 22(2):113-118, mayo-agosto 2013 (la idea que inspiró los artículos sobre los límites de las renovables)
  • The Transition toward renewable energies: physical limits and temporal conditions, Margarita Mediavilla, Carlos de Castro, Iñigo Capellán, Luis Javier Miguel, Iñaki Arto, Fernando Frechoso. Energy Policy, vol 52, enero 2013, páginas 297-311. (Accepted Author Manuscript available for download here)
  • La transición hacia energías renovables: límites físicos y temporales (draft). Margarita Mediavilla, Carlos de Castro, Iñigo Capellán, Luis Javier Miguel, Iñaki Arto, Fernando Frechoso. (borrador del artículo publicado en Energy Policy, vol 52, enero 2013)
  • Castro, Carlos de, Margarita Mediavilla, Luis Javier Miguel, and Fernando Frechoso. Global Wind Power Potential: Physical and Technological Limits.” Energy Policy 39, no. 10 (October 2011): 6677–82. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2011.06.027.
  • Analysis of the energetic transition: the electric car. Margarita Mediavilla, Luis Javier Miguel, Carlos de Castro.  9th International Conference of the Internationa Society of Ecological Economics, Estambul, 14-7 junio 2011.
  • Global Wind limit (draft). Referencia: Carlos de Castro, Margarita Mediavilla, Luis Javier Miguel y Fernando Frechoso. 2011. “Global Wind Power Potential: Physical and technological limits” ( borrador del artículo publicado en Energy Policy. 39(10), 6677-6682)
  • Global solar limit (draft). Referencia: Carlos de Castro, Margarita Mediavilla, Luis Javier Miguel y Fernando Frechoso. 2011. ” Global solar electric power potential: technical and ecological limits”  (borrador del artículo publicado en Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 28(2013), 824-835 )
  • Tesis Carlos de Castro (“Escenarios de energía-economía mundiales con modelos de dinámica de sistemas” (2009). UVa)
  • Castro, Carlos de, Luis Javier Miguel, and Margarita Mediavilla. The Role of Non Conventional Oil in the Attenuation of Peak Oil.” Energy Policy 37, no. 5 (May 2009): 1825–33. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2009.01.022.
  • Non conventional oil (draft). Referencia: Carlos de Castro, Luis Javier de Miguel y Margarita Mediavilla. 2009. “The role of non-conventional oil in the attenuation of peak oil” (borrador del artículo publicado en Energy Policy. 37(5), 1825-1833).
  • From fossil fuels to renewable energies, Margarita Mediavilla, Luis Javier Miguel, Carlos de Castro. 26th International Systems Dynamics Conference, Atenas, Grecia, 20-24 junio 2008.

 

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