Making Technology Work: Applications in Energy and the Environment

Making Technology Work: Applications in Energy and the Environment

by John M. Deutch, Richard K. Lester
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521818575

ISBN-13: 9780521818575

Pub. Date: 11/30/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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:
9780521818575
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2003
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Gasohol9
3Solar Thermal, Windpower, and Photovoltaic Technologies17
4Electricity from Coal49
5Controlling Acid Rain from Coal-fired Power Plants66
6Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming81
7Nuclear Power and Its Fuel Cycle109
8Managing Nuclear Waste134
9Nuclear Power and Weapons Proliferation154
10Natural Gas164
11Safety and Risk: Examples from the Liquefied Natural Gas and Nuclear Industries181
12Synthetic Fuels194
13Fuel Cells For Automobiles205
14Energy Models and Statistics221
15The Government's Role in Innovation246
16Conclusions263
Index267

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