Making Technology Work: Applications in Energy and the Environment / Edition 1

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Overview

The successful application of new technology requires simultaneous consideration of the technical, economic, political, environmental, and international aspects of the innovation. This book presents fifteen cases of technology applications in the energy and environmental sectors. The case studies include applications of solar, wind, fuel cell, nuclear, and coal combustion and emission control technologies. Both successes and failures are analyzed. The case studies are also used to introduce a toolbox of analytical techniques useful in the context of realistic technology application. These techniques include energy and mass balances, project financial analysis tools, the treatment of external costs and benefits, probabilistic risk assessment, learning curves, regression analysis, and life cycle costing. The book is addressed to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in the natural sciences, engineering, and the social sciences who are interested in learning about problems of technology application, as well as technology practitioners in industry and government.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521523172
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Gasohol 9
3 Solar Thermal, Windpower, and Photovoltaic Technologies 17
4 Electricity from Coal 49
5 Controlling Acid Rain from Coal-fired Power Plants 66
6 Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming 81
7 Nuclear Power and Its Fuel Cycle 109
8 Managing Nuclear Waste 134
9 Nuclear Power and Weapons Proliferation 154
10 Natural Gas 164
11 Safety and Risk: Examples from the Liquefied Natural Gas and Nuclear Industries 181
12 Synthetic Fuels 194
13 Fuel Cells For Automobiles 205
14 Energy Models and Statistics 221
15 The Government's Role in Innovation 246
16 Conclusions 263
Index 267
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