Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options / Edition 1

Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options / Edition 1

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

ISBN-10: 0262201534

ISBN-13: 9780262201537

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: MIT Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262201537
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
872
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.75(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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