Sustainable Energy: Choosing among Options / Edition 2

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262017473
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2012
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1056
  • Sales rank: 605,017
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 7.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jefferson W. Tester is Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems at Cornell University.

Elisabeth M. Drake is Emeritus Researcher at the MIT Energy Initiative.

Michael J. Driscoll is Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT.

Michael W. Golay is Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT.

William A. Peters is Executive Director of the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Sustainable energy - the engine of sustainable development 1
Ch. 2 Estimation and evaluation of energy resources 51
Ch. 3 Technical performance : allowability, efficiency, production rates 87
Ch. 4 Local, regional, and global environmental effects of energy 137
Ch. 5 Project economic evaluation 207
Ch. 6 Energy systems and sustainability metrics 259
Ch. 7 Fossil fuels and fossil energy 295
Ch. 8 Nuclear power 361
Ch. 9 Renewable energy in context 407
Ch. 10 Biomass energy 419
Ch. 11 Geothermal energy 453
Ch. 12 Hydropower 519
Ch. 13 Solar energy 543
Ch. 14 Ocean waves, tide, and thermal energy conversion 589
Ch. 15 Wind energy 613
Ch. 16 Storage, transportation, and distribution of energy 647
Ch. 17 Electric power sector 693
Ch. 18 Transportation services 727
Ch. 19 Industrial energy usage 761
Ch. 20 Commercial and residential buildings 777
Ch. 21 Synergistic complex systems 797
Ch. 22 Choosing among options 823
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