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Overview

Human survival depends on a continuing energy supply, but the need for ever-increasing amounts of energy poses a dilemma: How can we provide the benefits of energy to the population of the globe without damaging the environment, negatively affecting social stability, or threatening the well-being of future generations? The solution will lie in finding sustainable energy sources and more efficient means of converting and utilizing energy. This 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. It clearly presents the trade-offs and uncertainties inherent in evaluating and choosing different energy options and provides a framework for assessing policy solutions.Sustainable Energy includes illustrative examples, problems, references for further reading, and links to relevant Web sites.

Outside the classroom, the book is a resource for government, industry, and nonprofit organizations.

The first six chapters provide the tools for making informed energy choices. They examine the broader aspects of energy use, including resource estimation, environmental effects, and economic evaluations. Chapters 7-15 review the main energy sources of today and tomorrow, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, biomass, geothermal energy, hydropower, wind energy, and solar energy,examining their technologies, environmental impacts, and economics. The remaining chapters treat energy storage, transmission, and distribution; the electric power sector; transportation;industrial energy usage; commercial and residential buildings; and synergistic complex systems.

Sustainable Energy addresses the challenges of integrating diverse factors and the importance for future generations of the energy choices we make today.

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"This book with its references and links is an excellent source text for anyone considering a course on energy options for the future and for anyone else interested in understanding the science and argument which underlie the debate on energy options for a sustainable future." R. John Sandeman International Journal of Environmental Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262201537
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 872
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.75 (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 atMIT.

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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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