Ten Technologies to Save the Planet: Energy Options for a Low-Carbon Future

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We face the dual crises of peak oil and climate change. How will we meet future global energy demands? In this book, Chris Goodall ...

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Overview

We face the dual crises of peak oil and climate change. How will we meet future global energy demands? In this book, Chris Goodall combines cutting-edge analysis and fascinating stories of the inventors, scientists, and entrepreneurs developing these real-world technologies:

Wind Energy

Marine Energy

Super-Efficient Homes

Second-Generation Biofuels

Biochar

Solar Energy

Combined Heat and Power

Electric Cars

Carbon Capture

Soils and Forests

Goodall doesn't pretend the road ahead is easy, but his authoritative text gives reasons for optimism that, with these energy solutions, intelligently implemented and rolled out on a massive scale, a low-carbon future is within our grasp.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Goodall, a columnist for the U.K. Sunday Independent, (How to Live a Low-Carbon Life) offers a welcome breath of fresh air that lands somewhere between technophiles who optimistically believed free-market would create technologies to combat global warming, and pessimists who hold a more catastrophic view. While he steps on the toes of some environmentalists, his solutions seem realistic, if initially costly. In his view there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the energy crisis. Britain, he argues, has "awesome wave and tidal energy" that can be captured by water mills, but is too cloudy to depend on solar energy. He gives an appraisal of the possibilities for making solar energy more efficient and less costly by using nontechnology to "precisely arrange the atoms on the printed semiconductor surface," a process developed in the UK and being marketed in Germany. Also discussed are the benefits of large off shore wind-turbine farms, capturing carbon from coal powered utilities, and Biofuels. None of the technologies he considers are yet competitive with fossil fuels, but with sufficient start-up capital from private and public sources, and large enough markets to allow economies of scale, they could be. His straightforward evaluation of green technologies should interest technology buffs or investors and he raises a number of questions that merit serious debate.
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"(Goodall) offers a welcome breath of fresh air that lands somewhere between technophiles who optimistically believed free-market would create technologies to combat global warming, and pessimists who hold a more catastrophic view"
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"Goodall provides a realistic game plan for battling global warming that will attract readers interested in learning about possible practical solutions"
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Environmentalists have been saying for years that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to stop global warming. But how can this daunting task be accomplished? Goodall (How To Live a Low-Carbon Life) presents ten fields of technology that could help reduce carbon emissions and analyzes each in terms of its strengths, weaknesses, and predicted advances. While Goodall acknowledges that no one technology alone will solve our energy problems, he argues that great progress could be made if they are used together. Likewise, advances need to be made with each of these technologies to make them viable alternatives to fossil fuels in terms of both cost and energy production. Investing in these technologies should give ample return in the decades ahead. VERDICT Goodall provides a realistic game plan for battling global warming that will attract readers interested in learning about possible practical solutions.—William Baer, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib., Atlanta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553655251
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,016,864
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 6.08 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii

Introduction 1

1 Capturing the Wind 23

Clean power that's more reliable than you'd think

2 Solar Energy 55

Enough to power the world many times over

3 Electricity from the Oceans 83

Tapping tides, waves, and currents

4 Combined Heat and Power 109

Fuel cells and district heating

5 Super-Efficient Homes 129

Passivhaus and eco-renovations

6 Electric Cars 151

The inevitable switch to battery propulsion

7 Motor Fuels from Cellulose 175

Second-generation biofuels

8 Capturing Carbon 199

Clean coal, algae, and ambient scrubbers

9 Biochar 225

Sequestering carbon as charcoal

10 Soils and Forests 249

Improving the planet's carbon sinks

Putting it all Together 273

Are the ten technologies enough to save the planet?

Epilogue 285

Notes 301

Index 303

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    How to stop global warming

    The geographical characteristics of an area dictate which renewable energy sources will work best. Because renewable energy is inherently, though predictably, intermittent, governments will need to build supplementary systems. Basically, no single technology will answer all of the world's needs. However, a "portfolio" of technologies should do the trick. Businessman and climate change expert Chris Goodall describes 10 technologies in intricate detail, from the well-known to the obscure, and explains clearly which will work where, and why. Each technology has the potential to reduce the world's annual carbon dioxide output by 10%. Although quite technical, getAbstract recommends this book to businesspeople, plant managers, home owners and others who value social responsibility and sustainability.

    To learn more about this book, check out the following Web page: http://www.getabstract.com/summary/10858/ten-technologies-to-save-the-planet.html

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