Energy for Sustainability: Technology, Planning, Policy / Edition 2

Energy for Sustainability: Technology, Planning, Policy / Edition 2

by John Randolph, Gilbert M. Masters
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1597261033

ISBN-13: 9781597261036

Pub. Date: 06/30/2008

Publisher: Island Press

Energy for Sustainability is the first undergraduate textbook on renewable energy and energy efficiency with a unique focus on the community scale. Written by two of the foremost experts in the field, it is a pedagogically complete treatment of energy sources and uses. It examines the full range of issues—from generating technologies to land use

Overview

Energy for Sustainability is the first undergraduate textbook on renewable energy and energy efficiency with a unique focus on the community scale. Written by two of the foremost experts in the field, it is a pedagogically complete treatment of energy sources and uses. It examines the full range of issues—from generating technologies to land use planning—in making the transition to sustainable energy.

The book begins by providing a historical perspective on energy use by human civilizations and then covers energy fundamentals and trends; buildings and energy; sustainable electricity; sustainable transportation and land use; and energy policy and planning. Included in these topical areas are in-depth discussions of all of the most promising sources of renewable energy, including solar photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, and biofuels. In addition, the authors offer a thorough presentation of “green” building design, the impact of land use and transportation patterns on energy use, and the policies needed to transform energy markets at the local, state, and national levels. Throughout, the authors first provide the necessary theory and then demonstrate how it can be applied, utilizing cutting-edge practices and technologies, and the most current available data.

Since the dawn of the industrial age, the explosive growth in economic productivity has been fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas. World energy use nearly doubled between 1975 and 2005. China’s energy use has been doubling every decade. The implications for the environment are staggering. One way or another, our reliance on fossil fuels will have to end. Energy for Sustainability evaluates the alternatives and helps students understand how, with good planning and policy decisions, renewable energy and efficiency can support world demands at costs we can afford—economically, environmentally, and socially.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597261036
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
816
Sales rank:
409,132
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 2.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
 
PART I. Energy Patterns and Trends
Chapter 1. The Energy Imperative and Patterns of Use
Chapter 2. Energy Sources and Sustainability
Chapter 3. Energy Futures
 
PART II. Energy Fundamentals
Chapter 4. Fundamentals of Energy Science
Chapter 5. Energy Analysis and Life-Cycle Assessment
PART III. Buildings and Energy
Chapter 6. Energy Effi ciency for Buildings
Chapter 7. Solar Energy for Buildings
Chapter 8. From Whole Building to Whole Community Energy
 
PART IV. Sustainable Electricity
Chapter 9. Centralized Electric Power Systems
Chapter 10. Distributed Energy Resources
Chapter 11. Photovoltaic Systems
Chapter 12. Large-Scale Renewables: Wind and Solar
 
PART V. Sustainable Transportation and Land Use
Chapter 13. Transportation Energy and Efficient Vehicles
Chapter 14. Biofuels, Biomass, and Other Alternative Fuels
Chapter 15. Whole Community Energy and Land Use
 
PART VI. Energy Policy and Planning
Chapter 16. Market Transformation to Sustainable Energy
Chapter 17. Energy Policy
Chapter 18. U.S. State and Community Energy Policy and Planning

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