Sustainable Energy: Opportunities and Limitations

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In this timely book, leading authors explore the technologies that might help us to develop a sustainable energy future, emphasising renewable energy and the political and economic context needed for them to prosper. This collection makes hard-headed assessments of what is possible and what is not.

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"Dave Elliott and his authoritative co-authors consider the choices realistically in terms of technology, politics and economics. No other publication is so comprehensive and fair, as we move into an uncharted future."--John Twidell, Editor of the international journal Wind Engineering

"The book takes a well-structured approach to dealing with what is in all respects a vast subject...Elliott and his co-authors give objective evaluations of the nuclear, wind, biomass, sea and solar power options...The authors consistently provide the podium to all sides of the debate." --Business & Finance Ireland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230241749
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Series: Energy, Climate and the Environment Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 354,143
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID ELLIOTT worked with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) before moving to the Open University, UK, where he is Professor of Technology Policy and has developed courses on technological innovation, focusing in particular on renewable energy technology. He has published widely on renewable energy policy, including Energy, Society and Environment (2003). He is Co-Director of the OU Energy and Environment Research Unit.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Sustainable Energy: The Options--D.Elliott
Sustainable Energy: Nuclear Power and Renewables--D.Elliott
Wind Power and Similar Renewable Sources: Why Intermittency Doesn't Matter--D.Milborrow
Biomass: Greening the Transport System--J.Scurlock
Sea Power: How We Can Tap Wave and Tidal Power--D.Elliott
Solar Power: Energy From The Sun--S.Roaf&--R.Gupta
Saving Energy: How to Cut Energy Wastage--B.Everett
The Limits to Energy Efficiency: Time to Beat The Rebound Effect--H.Herring
Supporting Renewables: Local Ownership, Wind Power and Sustainable Finance--D.Toke
How to Support Renewables: Feed in Tariffs and Quota/Trading Systems--D.Elliott
Carbon Trading: Opportunities and Issues--S.Peake
Long-term, Renewables-Intensive World Energy Scenarios--G.Boyle
Sustainable Lifestyles of the Future--P.Harper
A Sustainable Future for Energy?--D.Elliott

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