Power Up

Yasmin Ali

'A powerful and often lyrical book ... Fascinating and insightful in equal measure'
MARK MIODOWNIK, author of Stuff Matters and Liquid

'Ali's enthusiasm for energy infrastructure electrifies this engaging tour of the people and structures that power our modern world'
GAIA VINCE, author of Nomad Century and Adventures in the Anthropocene

'Highly recommend ... a warm and educational read'
ROMA AGRAWAL, author of Built and Nuts and Bolts


We rarely think about the energy systems that prop up our existence. With hot water, lighting and digital entertainment all available at the flick of a switch, it's easy to underestimate the vast global network that makes these things possible.

Growing up in Iraq, Yasmin Ali regularly experienced power cuts - ironic for a country rich in oil and sunshine. Now as an engineer working in energy, Yasmin has a deep appreciation for what these resources mean for our lives.

In Power Up she takes us on a journey across the globe to reveal the bigger picture, from solar farms shimmering in the desert to power stations hidden deep in the mountains. We discover where we get energy from, how it is moved and used around the world - and why we need to understand the whole system if we want to transition towards a clean, green future.

Power Up is a definitive picture of the intricate world that humanity has built, and a rallying cry to face the challenges of climate change using the power at our fingertips.

  • Classification : POPULAR SCIENCE
  • Pub Date : MAR 28, 2024
  • Imprint : Hodder Press
  • Page Extent : 336
  • Binding : TPB
  • ISBN : 9781529382983
  • Price : INR 1,099

Yasmin Ali

Yasmin Ali is a chemical engineer, dedicated to developing renewable energy projects. Having worked in coal and gas fired power stations, oil and gas, district heating systems, and energy innovation, Yasmin transitioned away from fossil fuels into more sustainable energy systems over the course of her career. She has given over a hundred talks about engineering and energy, written for the BBC and Metro, featured in TV and radio programmes and completed a British Science Association Media Fellowship with the BBC's Science Unit. In recognition of her public engagement work, Yasmin has been awarded and shortlisted for multiple industry awards, including the 2020 Women's Engineering Society's top 50 female engineers in sustainability.

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