Sustainable Energy

Overview

Climate change is an increasingly worrying global problem. In this book, leading authors look at the energy technologies that might help us to develop a sustainable energy future, with the emphasis on renewable energy technologies and the political and economic context needed for them to prosper. The emphasis is on the problems as well as the opportunities- while utopian visions can be inspirational, we also need hard headed assessments about what is possible and what is not.

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Overview

Climate change is an increasingly worrying global problem. In this book, leading authors look at the energy technologies that might help us to develop a sustainable energy future, with the emphasis on renewable energy technologies and the political and economic context needed for them to prosper. The emphasis is on the problems as well as the opportunities- while utopian visions can be inspirational, we also need hard headed assessments about what is possible and what is not.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230020023
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Energy, Climate and the Environment Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

David Elliott worked with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority 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
• PART ONE: THE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY OPTIONS
• Renewables or Nuclear?—D.Elliott
• Wind Power - Why Intermittency Doesn't Matter—D.Milborrow
• Biomass- How to 'Green' 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
• Energy Efficiency- How to Beat The Rebound Effect—H.Herring
• PART TWO: MAKING IT HAPPEN
• How to Finance a Sustainable Future- The Role of Local Ownership—D.Toke
• How to Support Renewables- Wny Germany's REFIT System is Better than the UK's RO—D.Elliott
• Can Carbon Trading Be Effective- and ethical?—S.Peake
• PART THREE: THE FUTURE
• Energy Scenarios- 50% From Renewables by 2050?—G.Boyle
• Living in The Future- Lifestyle Changes—P.Harper
• Conclusions- The Limits to Technology—D.Elliott

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