Amy’s Balancing Act is now in stock!

I’m delighted to announce that the first edition hardcover hard copies of my kids book Amy’s Balancing Act are now in stock!

You can get signed copies from my online shop and regular copies from all good bookshops (if they don’t yet have them on bookshelves they can order them through the distributor Woodslane).

To read more about the book please see this page.

Amy is off to the printers

Moments ago I signed off on the final production proofs of my children’s book about the energy transition: Amy’s Balancing Act!

It’s been a huge journey getting to this point and I’m equal parts excited and relieved. To help share the excitement, here’s a sneak peek at the cover.

The editing and illustration process has taken a little longer than I’d planned, but I’m absolutely delighted at how much better the story’s become through the process. The team at Little Steps Publishing have done a great job and endured a major number of final minor edits… As for the illustrations, well it’s difficult to capture my enthusiasm as it’d be wrong to use expletives around a kids book, but they are freaking amazing!

A huge thanks to everyone who contributed to the kickstarter campaign that made this dream possible. For those that missed that, you can now pre-order a limited edition signed copy from bjornsturmberg.com/shop

For more about the book and the latest updates on the kickstarter page.

Explainer – The animals of the energy transition

Amy’s Balancing Act, is a fable about the power of diversity and the transition to a clean energy system. The story revolves around Amy’s mission to deliver the post across the island of Energia. The analogy of the story is that the delivery of the post is like the delivery of electricity.

Assisting Amy in her mission are four animals, called Clyde, Sol, Gale, and Snowy. Each of these animals represents a specific type of electricity technology. This page unpacks each of these analogies.

Amy and her diverse team of animal helpers
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How an unlikely collaboration redefined a physicist’s approach to climate change

This piece was first published in Cosmos Magazine in December 2019

We generally hear climate change discussed as a technical challenge that will be solved with bigger wind turbines, more electric cars, less steak and fewer flights. The mission is nothing more, and nothing less, than to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent units.

As a physicist, this computes for me, but over the past year, I’ve begun to look at things differently.

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