Sustainable Energy: Choosing among Options / Edition 2

Sustainable Energy: Choosing among Options / Edition 2

by Jefferson W. Tester, Elisabeth M. Drake, Michael J. Driscoll, Michael W. Golay
     
 

Human survival depends on a continuing supply of energy, but the need for ever-increasing amounts of it poses a dilemma: How can we find energy sources that are sustainable and ways to convert and utilize energy that are more efficient? This widely used textbook is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as others who have an interest

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Human survival depends on a continuing supply of energy, but the need for ever-increasing amounts of it poses a dilemma: How can we find energy sources that are sustainable and ways to convert and utilize energy that are more efficient? This widely used textbook is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as others who have an interest in exploring energy resource options and technologies with a view toward achieving sustainability on local, national, and global scales. It clearly presents the tradeoffs and uncertainties inherent in evaluating and choosing sound energy portfolios and provides a framework for assessing policy solutions.

The second edition examines the broader aspects of energy use, including resource estimation, environmental effects,
and economic evaluations; reviews the main energy sources of today and tomorrow,
from fossil fuels and nuclear power to biomass, hydropower, and solar energy; treats energy carriers and energy storage, transmission, and distribution; addresses end-use patterns in the transportation, industrial, and building sectors; and considers synergistic complex systems. This new edition also offers updated statistical data and references; a new chapter on the complex interactions among energy, water, and land use; expanded coverage of renewable energy; and new color illustrations. Sustainable Energy addresses the challenges of making responsible energy choices for a more sustainable future.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262017473
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
1056
Sales rank:
245,114
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 7.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Sustainable energy - the engine of sustainable development1
Ch. 2Estimation and evaluation of energy resources51
Ch. 3Technical performance : allowability, efficiency, production rates87
Ch. 4Local, regional, and global environmental effects of energy137
Ch. 5Project economic evaluation207
Ch. 6Energy systems and sustainability metrics259
Ch. 7Fossil fuels and fossil energy295
Ch. 8Nuclear power361
Ch. 9Renewable energy in context407
Ch. 10Biomass energy419
Ch. 11Geothermal energy453
Ch. 12Hydropower519
Ch. 13Solar energy543
Ch. 14Ocean waves, tide, and thermal energy conversion589
Ch. 15Wind energy613
Ch. 16Storage, transportation, and distribution of energy647
Ch. 17Electric power sector693
Ch. 18Transportation services727
Ch. 19Industrial energy usage761
Ch. 20Commercial and residential buildings777
Ch. 21Synergistic complex systems797
Ch. 22Choosing among options823

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