BN.com Gift Guide

Alternative Energy Resources: The Quest for Sustainable Energy / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$58.23
(Save 41%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 97%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (15) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $17.00   
  • Used (9) from $1.99   

Overview

A balanced introduction to tomorrow's energy sources

Over the course of the next fifty years, there will be a shift in the quest for sustainble energy, including a major change in transportation from internal combustion engines burning petroleum-derived fuels to newer technology engines using new transportation fuels. Alternative Energy Reources examines our options for energy sources with a focus on hydrogen as a large-scale, secondary energy vector parallel to electricity.

As the price of petroleum products increases, the world is scrambling to find a suitable replacement energy source. In this comprehensive primer, Professor Paul Kruger examines energy use throughout history and the exponential expansion of our energy use beginning with the Industrial Revolution through the present day. The book then analyzes the various alternative energy sources available, including renewable energy (hydroelectric, solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal), nuclear, and hydrogen. He addresses each energy source's pros and cons based on our needs, availability, and environmental impact aspects. Finally, Dr. Kruger proposes the use of hydrogen as a fuel to sustain our energy supply produced by appropriate technology mixtures of renewable and nuclear energy.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"…makes for an excellent introductory text on a subject whose importance is sure to last well into the future." (Civil Engineering, 5/2006)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471772088
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/10/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL KRUGER is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. He has worked in both industry and academia in the areas of energy and the environment.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Human Ecology on Spaceship Earth.

1.0 Introduction.

1.01 Axiom 1.

1.02 Axiom 2.

1.03 Axiom 3.

1.04 Philosophical Questions for the Quest.

1.1 Development of Human Ecology.

1.11 Major Ages in Human History.

1.12 The Biosphere: A Spaceship Earth@.

1.13 Limits to Growth.

1.2 Summary.

References.

2. The Unending Quest for Abundant Energy.

2.0 Historic Perspective.

2.1 Characteristics of an Industrial Nation.

2.11 Flow of Abundant Energy.

2.12 Capital and Income Energy Resources.

2.2 Exponential Growth Dynamics.

2.21 Linear Growth.

2.22 Exponential Growth.

2.23 Doubling Time.

2.24 Exponential Growth Scenarios.

2.25 Calculation of Growth Rates by Regression Analysis.

2.3 Current Growth in Energy Consumption.

2.31 Trends in Energy Consumption.

2.32 Energy Intensity.

2.33 Projections of Energy Intensities.

2.34 Projections of Future Energy Consumption.

2.4 Summary.

References.

3. The Fossil Fuel Era.

3.0 Historic Perspective.

3.01 Fossil Fuel Consumption in the United. States since 1900.

3.1 Fossil Fuels.

3.11 Coal.

3.12 Heating Value of Coal.

3.13 Crude Oil.

3.14 Natural Gas.

3.2 Forecast of U.S. Energy Consumption thru 2025.

3.3 How Long Will Fossil Fuels Last?.

3.31 Estimation of Fossil Fuel Reserves.

3.32 The McKelvey Diagram.

3.33 Production of a Finite Resource.

3.34 The Logistic Production Curve Method.

3.4 Growth of Fossil Fuel Demand for Generation of Electricity.

3.5 Summary.

References.

4. Sustainability of Energy Resources.

4.0 Sustainable Economic Development.

4.01 Indicators for Sustainable Energy Development.

4.02 Sustainable Energy Supply.

4.1 Sustainability of Electric Energy Demand.

4.11 The Electronic Way of Life.

4.12 A Continental Superconducting Grid.

4.13 The Hydrogen Fuel Era.

4.2 Natural Gas in Sustainable Energy Supply.

4.21 Petrochemical Use of Natural Gas.

4.22 Growth of Natural Gas Consumption in the United States.

4.23 Forecast of Natural Gas Consumption through 2025.

4.24 Natural Gas Supply and Reserves.

4.3 Natural Gas Commitment for Electric Power Generation.

4.4 Sustainability of Natural Gas as an Energy Resource.

4.5 Non-Fossil Energy Resources.

4.51 Growth of Alternate (Non-Fossil) Energy Use.

4.52 Forecast of Non-Fossil Energy Supply.

4.6 Summary.

References.

5. Environmental Impact of Energy Consumption.

5.0 Historic Perspective.

5.1 Basics of Environmental Impact.

5.11 Relationship between Magnitude and Severity.

5.12 Consequences of Environmental Threat.

5.13 A Hypothetical Example of Magnitude-Severity Analysis.

5.2 The Saga of the Greenhouse Effect.

5.21 Components of the Saga.

5.3 Local Air Pollution from Automobile Exhaust.

5.31 Environmental Impact of Smog.

5.32 Nitrogen Oxides in Photochemical >Smog=.

5.33 Magnitude-Severity Aspects of Nitrogen Oxides.

5.4 Value of Air Quality Improvement in Transportation.

5.5 Some Data for the Los Angeles Air Basin.

5.6 Summary.

References.

6. The Nuclear Energy Era.

6.0 Historic Perspective.

6.1 Basic Elements of Nuclear Science.

6.11 The Atomic Nucleus.

6.12 Isotopic Composition and Abundance.

6.13 Atomic Mass.

6.14 Equivalence of Mass and Energy.

6.15 Binding Energy.

6.16 Nuclear Stability.

6.17 Types of Radioactive Decay.

6.18 Properties of Radionuclides.

6.2 Basic Elements of Nuclear Power.

6.21 Nuclear Fission.

6.22 Available Energy from Uranium Fuel.

6.23 Nuclear Power Reactors.

6.24 The Light-Water Uranium Fuel Cycle.

6.25 Generation IV Nuclear Reactors.

6.26 Nuclear Safety.

6.27 Nuclear Waste.

6.3 The OKLO Natural Nuclear Reactors.

6.4 Thermonuclear Fusion.

6.5 Summary.

References.

7. Renewable Energy Resources.

7.0 Renewable Energy.

7.01 Types of Renewable Energy.

7.02 Consumption of renewable Energy.

7.1 Hydroelectric Power.

7.2 Solar Energy.

7.21 The Solar Constant.

7.22 Solar Energy >Reserves=.

7.23 Solar Electricity.

7.3 Wind Energy.

7.31 Wind Power Rate.

7.32 Wind Turbine Conversion Efficiency.

7.33 The Wind Energy Resource.

7.34 Estimated Cost of Wind Power.

7.4 Biomass Energy.

7.41 The Solar Biomass Resource.

7.42 Biomass Conversion Processes.

7.43 Schematics of Biogas Conversion Processes.

7.44 Relative Environmental Emissions of Bioenergy Fuels.

7.5 Other Renewable Resources.

7.51 Tidal Energy.

7.52 Geothermal Energy.

7.6 Summary.

References.

8. Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier.

8.0 Historic Perspective.

8.01 Physical Nature of Hydrogen.

8.02 Chemical Nature of Hydrogen.

8.03 Energetics of Hydrogen.

8.1 Hydrogen and Electricity as Parallel Energy Carriers.

8.11 Why Hydrogen?.

8.12 Competitive Uses for Hydrogen.

8.2 The Hydrogen Energy Fuel Cycle.

8.21 Hydrogen Production.

8.21a A Wee-Bit of Electrochemistry.

8.22 Hydrogen Storage.

8.23 Distribution of Hydrogen.

8.24 End Uses for Hydrogen Fuel.

8.25 Cost Factors of Hydrogen Fuel.

8.3 Summary.

References.

9. Hydrogen as a Transportation Fuel.

9.0 Historic Perspective.

9.01 Hydrogen Fuel in Aviation.

9.02 Hydrogen Fuel in Marine Propulsion.

9.1 Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Vehicle Transportation.

9.11 Just What is a Fuel Cell?.

9.12 A Wee-Bit of Thermodynamics.

9.13 Aspects of Hydrogen as a Transportation Fuel.

9.14 Hydrogen Fueled Vehicles by Application Type.

9.2 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles.

9.21 Characteristics of Alternate Fuels for Fuel Cells.

9.22 Methanol as a Fuel for Fuel Cells.

9.23 Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel.

9.3 What More is Needed?.

9.4 Summary.

References.

10. The Hydrogen Fuel Era.

10.0 Perspective of an Era.

10.1 Potential for Air Quality Improvement.

10.11 Emission Standards.

10.12 Factors that Effect Vehicle Emissions.

10.13 History of California Emission Standards.

10.2 Modeling Health Benefit from Hydrogen Fuel Transportation.

10.21 Model Development for the Three-City Hydrogen Air Quality Study.

10.22 The Metropolitan Tokyo Air Quality Study.

10.3 Electric Energy Requirement for Hydrogen Fuel.

10.31 Extrapolation of Historic Transportation Fuel Data to 2010.

10.32 Growth of Demand for Hydrogen Fuel and Electric Energy: 2010-2050.

10.4 Prospects for the Future of Sustainable Energy Supply.

10.41 Potential Distribution of Energy Resources.

10.42 Possibilities to Resolve the Impasse.

10.5 Wrap-Up.

10.6 Summary.

References.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)